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Rethinking the University: Structure, Critique, Vocation

Soo Tian Lee
Birkbeck, University of London

This book rethinks the history of higher education in the United Kingdom after the Second World War. It explores three distinct perspectives — instrumentalism, idealism, and community — a triadic structure that opens the way to a heterodox reading of the postwar British university. This structure draws upon Kojin Karatani’s work on the ‘triad of concepts’ and is developed through a ‘trans-genealogical’ methodology inspired by the historical-philosophical approaches of Michel Foucault and Karatani himself. To deal with the co-existence of these three perspectives, the book focuses on the idea of vocation and concludes with a plea for a university that is both oriented to the future and engaged in the now.

Expected 29 April 2018 (Notify when available)