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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 Good University

The Good University

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(p.215) 8 The Good University
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A Theology of Higher Education
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Mike Higton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643929.003.0009

This chapter rejects the idea of learning for learning’s sake. It argues that it is not enough to send students formed in intellectual virtue out into the wider public world, but that universities have to take an active interest in the shaping and maintaining of virtuous and sociable patterns of reason across that wider world. It then argues that the university needs to be characterized by serious, socially inclusive, secular and religiously plural public arguments about the common good, and to promote such argument in the wider world by being thoroughly entangled in that world’s conversational ecology.

Keywords:   higher education, public good, common good, impact, knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer

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