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    ‘Mines of Gold on Parnassus'? The Value of a University.


    O'Brien, Maeve (2006) ‘Mines of Gold on Parnassus'? The Value of a University. In: What Price the University? Perspectives on the Meaning and Value of Higher Education from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. National University of Ireland Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland, pp. 178-181. ISBN 0901519766

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    Abstract

    When the ‘idea of science, method, order, principle and system; of rule and exception, of richness and harmony’ came to the highly trained intellect of the ‘patron saint’ of Irish universities, he was discoursing on the idea of a university in 1852.* John Henry Newman held that the training of the intellect for its own sake was the purpose of a university education. Today this might seem a little high-minded, outdated and even misguided. But we, as part of the university community of today, still owe it to ourselves, and so to society, to scrutinise constantly not only our own lecturing and research, but also to look to the wider purpose o f what we are trying to achieve as a university. For that purpose a well-trained intellect—trained in knowledge, method and order—is still as important today as it was a century and a half ago.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: A Special Issue of Maynooth Philosophical Papers.
    Keywords: maynooth; university; meaning and value of higher education; higher education; price; mines; gold; parnassus; value; university;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Ancient Classics
    Item ID: 9925
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 13:08
    Publisher: National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Refereed: Yes
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