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Revisiting the Idea of the University: Introduction

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Dedicating a special issue of the Danish Yearbook of Philosophy to discussing the idea of the university may seem a little odd, since neither the idea, nor the institutions targeted by this idea, should be limited by national borders. The term ‘Universitas,’ though originally designating a guild as a legal corporate body, has since the Middle Ages come to denote a universal academic association, devoid of national and political borders, physically as well as mentally. Especially in Denmark, however, the last few decades have demonstrated how fragile both the ideals and the realities of the university can be, and this very real horizon, i.e. the particular ideological situation in Denmark and its historical background, is the first of the subjects discussed in the present introduction (I.). Secondly, we will briefly relate the Danish context to the philosophical attention the university and higher education have received over the last decades internationally (ii.) Finally, we will of course introduce the articles selected for this theme, acknowledging the contribution from the international intellectual community that helps reveal the particularities of the narrow national setting in relation to the idea (iii.).
TidsskriftDanish Yearbook of Philosophy
Sider (fra-til)3-37
Antal sider35
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2019

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