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The Marketplace of Ideas : Reform and Resistance in the American University - Louis Menand

The Marketplace of Ideas

Reform and Resistance in the American University

Paperback Published: 6th December 2010
ISBN: 9780393339161
Number Of Pages: 174

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The publication of The Marketplace of Ideas has precipitated a lively debate about the future of the American university system: what makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects are required? Why are so many academics against the concept of interdisciplinary studies? From his position at the heart of academe, Harvard professor Louis Menand thinks he's found the answer. Despite the vast social changes and technological advancements that have revolutionized the society at large, general principles of scholarly organization, curriculum, and philosophy have remained remarkably static. Sparking a long-overdue debate about the future of American education, The Marketplace of Ideas argues that twenty-first-century professors and students are essentially trying to function in a nineteenth-century system, and that the resulting conflict threatens to overshadow the basic pursuit of knowledge and truth.

A worthy and admirably succinct exploration of why colleges are so difficult to improve. "

Introductionp. 13
The Problem of General Educationp. 21
The Humanities Revolutionp. 59
Interdisciplinarity and Anxietyp. 93
Why Do Professors All Think Alike?p. 127
Conclusionp. 157
Acknowledgmentsp. 159
Indexp. 163
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ISBN: 9780393339161
ISBN-10: 0393339165
Series: Issues of Our Time (Norton Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 6th December 2010
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.23