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A Theology of Higher Education$
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Mike Higton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199643929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643929.001.0001

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The Negotiable University

The Negotiable University

(p.241) 9 The Negotiable University
A Theology of Higher Education

Mike Higton

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the university’s internal argument about its own practices and policies can and should take the form of a secular and religiously plural debate. It argues that the university is already constituted by a certain kind of multi-traditional conversation about its own virtues, forms of sociality, and ends, even if that fact is not widely recognized. University practices of reason are not determined in advance by well-defined principle, but are settlements between multiple different ideas of the university. Paradoxically, the Christian theological vision of the university set out in this book as a whole itself provides reasons for thinking that the fuller realization of that vision need not require the triumph of a Christian theological account to the exclusion of other religious and secular accounts.

Keywords:   idea of a university, higher education, religious pluralism, secularity

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