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Author Kronman, Anthony T.
Title Education's end : why our colleges and universities have given up on the meaning of life / Anthony T. Kronman.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2007]

Subject Humanities -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
Meaning (Philosophy) -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
Humanities -- Philosophy.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 308 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-296) and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary The question of what living is for - of what one should care about and why - is the most important question a person can ask. Yet under the influence of the modern research ideal, our colleges and universities have expelled this question from their classrooms, judging it unfit for organized study. In this eloquent and carefully considered book, Tony Kronman explores why this has happened and calls for the restoration of life's most important question to an honoured place in higher education. The author contrasts an earlier era in American education, when the question of the meaning of life was at the centre of instruction, with our own times, when this question has been largely abandoned by college and university teachers. In particular, teachers of the humanities, who once felt a special responsibility to guide their students in exploring the question of what living is for, have lost confidence in their authority to do so. And they have lost sight of the question itself in the blinding fog of political correctness that has dominated their disciplines for the past forty years. Yet Kronman sees a readiness for change, a longing among teachers as well as students to engage with questions of ultimate meaning. He urges a revival of the humanities' lost tradition of studying the meaning of life through the careful but critical reading of great works of literary and philosophical imagination. And he offers here the charter document of that revival.
Contents Contents ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction; 1. What Is Living For? ; 2. Secular Humanism ; 3. The Research Ideal ; 4. Political Correctness ; 5. Spirit in an Age of Science ; Appendix: Yale Directed Studies Program Readings, 2005-2006 ; Notes ; Index.
Local Note JOHN CARROLL: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
ISBN 9780300138160 (electronic bk.)
0300138164 (electronic bk.)
9780300122886 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0300122888 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 173818877
Additional Format Print version: Kronman, Anthony T. Education's end. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007 9780300122886 (DLC) 2007004632 (OCoLC)87076840