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Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University
 
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Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University
 
 
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31 Aug 2012
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There are currently no books on Catholic higher education that offer a theological foundation for academic freedom. Academic freedom and its role in the mission of the Catholic university has been a contentious issue in Catholic higher education for the past forty years. Although most Catholic colleges and universities have accepted academic freedom as a core principle, Garcia argues that it is the secular version that they have adopted. He proposes a specifically theological understanding of academic freedom that does not undermine the secular version, but builds on, extends, and completes it. Such a theological understanding provides scholars the freedom to explore beyond their disciplinary domains to an ultimate horizon, or God. This understanding can be found implicitly throughout the Christian tradition, in ancient, medieval, and modern Christian writers, and Garcia seeks to recover that implicit tradition and formulate it explicitly for the modern Catholic university.


Description

There are currently no books on Catholic higher education that offer a theological foundation for academic freedom. Academic freedom and its role in the mission of the Catholic university has been a contentious issue in Catholic higher education for the past forty years. Although most Catholic colleges and universities have accepted academic freedom as a core principle, Garcia argues that it is the secular version that they have adopted. He proposes a specifically theological understanding of academic freedom that does not undermine the secular version, but builds on, extends, and completes it. Such a theological understanding provides scholars the freedom to explore beyond their disciplinary domains to an ultimate horizon, or God. This understanding can be found implicitly throughout the Christian tradition, in ancient, medieval, and modern Christian writers, and Garcia seeks to recover that implicit tradition and formulate it explicitly for the modern Catholic university.


Reviews

'Garcia makes the welcome, convincing, and counter-intuitive claim that academic freedom, both in its origin in German idealism and in its ultimate meaning for the contemporary Catholic university, includes the freedom to explore the unity of knowledge across disciplines and to ask questions that lead us toward the infinite and the ultimate, toward the divine.' - Mark W. Roche, author of Why Choose the Liberal Arts? and The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of the Catholic University

'In Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University, Kenneth Garcia provides an expansive view of academic freedom rooted in Christian anthropology. His argument points up how narrow and confining the current negative view of academic freedom really is. This book supports the integrity of the Catholic university as university and does not expel the divine from human ways of knowing. It is a must read for all interested in the future of Catholic higher education in the United States." - Melanie Morey, assistant dean for Institutional Assessment, Saint Patrick's Seminary and University, and co-author of Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis


Contents

The Current State of Catholic Higher Education
The Medieval Liberal Arts and the Journey of the Mind to God
Berlin: The Prototype of the Modern University
Academic Freedom and Religion in America
The Pursuit of Intellectual and Spiritual Wholeness, 1920–1960
The Consequence of Caesar's Gold
'The Direction Towards Which Wonder Progresses'
Implications for Faculty Development and the Curriculum
Endnotes
Selected Bibliography


Authors

KENNETH GARCIA, PHD is Associate Director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame, USA.