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- DescriptionThis book sketches the history of higher education, in parallel with the development of science. Its goal is to draw attention to the historical tensions between the aims of higher education and those of science, in the hope of contributing to improving the contemporary university. A helpful tool in analyzing these intellectual and social tensions is Karl Popper's philosophy of science demarcating science and its social context. Popper defines a society that encourages criticism as open, and argues convincingly that an open society is the most appropriate one for the growth of science. A closed society, on the other hand, is a tribal and dogmatic society. Despite being the universal home of science today, the university, as an institution that is thousands of years old, carries traces of different past cultural, social, and educational traditions. The book argues that, by and large, the university was, and still is, a closed society and does t serve the best interests of the development of science and of students' education.
- Author BiographyMichael Segre is Professor of the History of Science at the Gabriele D'Annunzio University in Chieti. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including In the Wake of Galileo (1991) and Peano's Axioms in their Historical Context (1994).
- Author(s)Michael Segre
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication24/08/2015
- SubjectAdult & Further Education
- Series TitleRoutledge Studies in Cultural History
- Series Part/Volume Number38
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight453 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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