Part of the series: Romanticism in Perspective: Texts, Cultures, Histories.
This series aims to offer a fresh assessment of Romanticism by looking at it from a wide variety of perspectives. Both comparative and interdisciplinary, it will bring together cognate themes from architecture, art history, landscape gardening, linguistics, philosophy, politics. science, social and political history and theology to deal with original, contentious or as yet unexplored aspects of Romanticism as a Europe-wide phenomenon.
Book description: What are universities for? Should they prepare people for careers, or expand their minds by exposing them to a broad curriculum? The Romantic Idea of a University reveals that this debate is not new, but was fought nearly two hundred 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 - their own beliefs about why universities exist. While examining the role of romantic thought at universities, this books tells the stories of the personalities involved in the process. We encounter an intense Fichte, a devout Wesley and a thoughtful Coleridge. The books also describes how their beliefs helped shape the destiny of universities in both countries and how these voices of long ago speak to an age still asking why our society has universities.
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