The Hutchins College

in Richard Rorty

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309903
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309910 | DOI:
The Hutchins College

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Robert Maynard Hutchins developed a plan not only to establish a classical curriculum at the University of Chicago but also to transform the philosophy department there so as to lessen pragmatism's influence in the institution. This chapter examines the change Hutchins was able to make in the composition of the philosophy faculty and the curricular changes he instituted at the University of Chicago. Within a decade students would be able to enter the university after their sophomore year of high school—Hutchins's view was that gifted students were ready for college-level work earlier than the education system in America allowed for—and take “four years of general education, consisting almost entirely of required courses and allowing no major or field of concentration.” Courses in the so-called Hutchins College were developed and taught by an autonomous faculty of the University of Chicago and the principal materials employed in the College were original works or selections therefrom, rather than textbooks.

Keywords: Robert Maynard Hutchins; classical curriculum; University of Chicago; philosophy; pragmatism; education system; America; Hutchins College

Chapter.  9376 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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