Killing the Spirit

Page Smith, Author
Page Smith, Author Viking Books $19.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-670-82817-3
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
To the continuing debate about the ills of American higher education, Smith, founding provost of UC Santa Cruz, contributes probing, provocative insights. With a tribute to his undergraduate mentor, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Harvard social philosophy professor and often disparaged radical thinker, the author sets about ``mapping the desert'' of contemporary higher education. After a lucid traverse of the development of education in the U.S., he sums up its present state as ``Academic fundamentalism. . . the stubborn refusal of the academy to acknowledge any truth that does not conform to professorial dogmas.'' In Smith's view, a meld of the classical Christian traditions with secular democracy may restore the modern university as a true ``academic community.'' 30,000 first printing; author tour. (Mar.)
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