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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 Virtuous University

The Virtuous University

(p.171) 6 The Virtuous University
A Theology of Higher Education

Mike Higton

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the ways in which higher education provides a training in virtue. This is not primarily because universities inculcate virtue alongside training in reason. Rather, higher education provides training in reason, and reasoning is itself a virtuous discipline. If the university is to be a school of disciplined reason, it cannot but be a school of virtue, and the virtues inculcated will be directly constitutive of progress in any academic discipline. So, the chapter argues that teaching will (if understood this way) primarily take the form of apprenticeship, and that the central virtues that the apprenticeship forms will be readiness to judge and openness to judgment – virtues that are already visible in all sorts of ways in the life of students, teachers and researchers.

Keywords:   higher education, intellectual virtue, Lynn Holt, academic disciplines, reason, judgment

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