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The Moral Collapse of the University: Professionals, Purity, and Alienation


reviewed by David S. Webster 1990

coverTitle: The Moral Collapse of the University: Professionals, Purity, and Alienation
Author(s): Bruce Wilshire
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791401979, Pages: , Year: 1990
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In The Moral Collapse of the University, Bruce Wilshire, professor of philosophy at Rutgers, demonstrates to his own satisfaction that the modern American research university is in a state of “moral collapse” (p. 205). Some of the symptoms of this collapse are that the university is divided into academic departments, instead of being interdisciplinary; the faculty neglects undergraduates; the sciences receive more than their share of prestige, power, and resources to the detriment of the social sciences and, especially, the humanities; and faculty publication productivity is measured by quantity, not quality. A major reason for the moral collapse of the university, according to Wilshire, was the hegemony of logical positivism from around 1930 to 1980. (Since 1980, he argues, as the influence of logical positivism has waned, the university’s morality has improved slightly.) Logical positivism, he believes, kept the university partitioned into academic departments and “annihilated” (p. 205) philosophy, reducing the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 1, 1990, p. 138-140
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 383, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 7:54:11 AM

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