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Amikam Nachmani

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085727

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085727.001.0001

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On Reshaping the University for the Twenty-First Century

On Reshaping the University for the Twenty-First Century

(p.160) 8 On Reshaping the University for the Twenty-First Century
Jacob Talmon

Amikam Nachmani

Manchester University Press

The present academic world in the western world as well as in other places faces cardinal challenges and risks. Humanities in particular cope with extremely difficult times. Our chapter discusses the impact of mass demand for higher education; the willingness of professors to lead and guide; the attempts to preserve the status of the universities; the diminution of the academic degree; signs of the loss of faith in progress and science; the attempts to curtail the impact of intellectuals; truth vs. narratives; Darwin's theory of evolution revisited; the decline of humanities; etc. Talmon's ideas as well as ideas of others are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   Humanities, Mass education, Economy, Darwin, Narratives vs. truth, Diminution of academic degree

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