The romantic idea of a university : England and Germany, 1770-1850 /
Michael J. Hofstetter.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
xiv, 162 p. ; 23 cm.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-159) and index.
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Author Affiliation
Michael J. Hofstetter is Associate Professor of History at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota.
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"...he makes a real contribution to our knowledge of the history of universities..." --History of Education Quarterly
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What are universities for? Should they prepare people for careers, or expand their minds by exposing them to a broad curriculum? This book reveals that this debate is not new, but was fought nearly 200 years ago in England and Germany. In both countries, the tendency towards pre-professionalism in education was countered by romantic writers who provided their own idea of a university. Examining the role of romantic thought at universities, this book tells the stories of such key figures as Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Fichte.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. x
The Confessional Idea of a University and its Fall, 1550-1750p. 1
The Genesis of the Romantic Idea of a University in Germanyp. 22
The Romantic Idea of a University in Englandp. 59
The Romantic Idea of a University and the New Foundation in Berlinp. 86
Cambridge and Oxford, 1830-50p. 108
Epilogue: Whither the Romantic Idea of a University?p. 134
Notesp. 138
Bibliographyp. 153
Indexp. 160
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