The Aims of Higher Education
Problems of Morality and Justice
The contributors tackle the biggest questions in higher education: What are the proper aims of the university? What role do the liberal arts play in fulfilling those aims? What is the justification for the humanities? How should we conceive of critical reflection, and how should we teach it to our students? How should professors approach their intellectual relationship with students, both in social interaction and through curriculum? What obligations do elite institutions have to correct for their historical role in racial and social inequality? And, perhaps most important of all: How can the university serve as a model of justice? The result is a refreshingly thoughtful approach to higher education and what it can, and should, be doing.
One/ Introduction: Problems of Morality and Justice in Higher Education
Two/ What Makes a University Education Worthwhile?
Three/ Defending the Humanities in a Liberal Society
Four/ Academic Friendship
Five/ Autonomy as Intellectual Virtue
Six/ Education and Social Moral Epistemology
Lionel K. McPherson
Seven/ Righting Historical Injustice in Higher Education
Erin I. Kelly
Eight/ Modeling Justice in Higher Education
Harry Brighouse and Michael McPherson
Nine/ Conclusion: Future Research on Values in Higher Education
Association of Am. Colleges and Univs.: Frederick W. Ness Book Award