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The genealogy of judgement: towards a deep history of academic freedom

By Steve Fuller

Abstract

The classical conception of academic freedom associated with Wilhelm von Humboldt and the rise of the modern university has a quite specific cultural foundation that centres on the controversial mental faculty of 'judgement'. This article traces the roots of 'judgement' back to the Protestant Reformation, through its heyday as the signature feature of German idealism, and to its gradual loss of salience as both a philosophical and a psychological concept. This trajectory has been accompanied by a general shrinking in the scope of academic freedom from the promulgation of world-views to the offering of expert opinion

Topics: LC
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2183

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