A Free and Ordered Space: The Real World of the University

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Education - 306 pages
President of Yale University from 1978 to 1986 and before that professor of English at Yale, A. Bartlett Giamatti was one of the voices that most clearly articulated the role of the university in the modern world. In twenty-four essays here, Mr. Giamatti explores the relationship of the university to government, industry, and the private sector. He defines the essence of liberal education, rooted in freedom, dedicated to learning for its own sake. He exposes menace of ideologues of any stripe who would impose on the university a limiting political, religious, or social agenda. Throughout, Giamatti sets forth his commitment to an education that "will constantly test rather than impose the values it cherishes."

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In this collection of addresses, the former president of Yale (now president of baseball's National League and slated to be baseball commissioner) proposes a resolutely old-fashioned view of the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
Introduction Ruminations on University
17
The Academic Mission
33
and Purpose University
47
of the Schools and the Ideal of Education
58
University Family and University
73
Responsibilities
79
Power Politics and a Sense
94
The Earthly Coercion
109
of a Liberal Education
118
Education A City of Green Thoughts
127
The Private University and the Public
207
Interest Higher Education
232
Coda Give Time to Time
291
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A. Bartlett Giamatti, at the time of his death Commissioner of Baseball, was a former professor of English and president of Yale University.

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