How did the British university arrive at its present impasse—and with which concepts can we grasp its contradictions? Lee’s timely book provides fresh answers to these questions by historicizing the post-war university while subjecting its ideals to a fundamental critique. Drawing from the philosophy of Kojin Karatani, Lee unfolds a powerful, novel theory of the university within which there is no a priori standard by which to judge its success or failure. The result is an erudite study of the post-war British university and the concepts by which we judge higher education. A major contribution to study of the university ideal.
— Joel Wainwright, Professor (Ohio State University), author of Decolonizing Development, Geopiracy, and Climate Leviathan (with Geoff Mann).