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- DescriptionDonald Stabile places current concerns over the commercialization of academia in a historical context by describing the long-standing question of the extent to which market ecomics can and should be applied to higher education. The debate between Plato and Aristotle on one side and sophists on the other provides a foundation for the modern debate of endowment versus tuition models. The author tackles the intellectual discourse over the mission of higher education and the effect markets and competition might have on it. The discussion encompasses the ideas on higher education of leading ecomic thinkers such as Adam Smith, Jeremy Benthan, John Stuart Mill, Alfred Marshall, Thorstein Veblen and John K. Galbraith and identifies them as supporters of either sophism or virtue. Included, too, are the thoughts of educators and policymakers influenced by free market ideas, such as Benjamin Rush, Francis Wayland and Charles W. Eliot, as well as those opposed to them. In addition, the author explores the development of collegiate business schools in the US and how they were justified on the basis of virtue. The book concludes with a section on for-profit colleges and their relationship to sophism. This fascinating study of the centuries-old intellectual debate over the mission of academia will appeal to all those involved with higher education. Historians of ecomic thought will find the influence of ecomic ideas on this debate of great interest.
- Author BiographyDonald R. Stabile, Professor of the College, St Mary's College, Maryland, US
- Author(s)Donald R. Stabile
- PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication01/06/2007
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationCheltenham
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
- Width234 mm
- Height156 mm
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