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The Idea of a University

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Yale University Press


The issues that John Henry Newman raised--the place of religion and moral values in the university setting, the competing claims of liberal and professional education, the character of the academic community, the cultural role of literature, the relation of religion and science--have provoked discussion from Newman's time to our own.

Author Biography

One of the best-known Catholic thinkers, John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was an Anglican priest for two decades, and was one of the founders and principals in the Oxford Movement, which sought to reinvigorate the Church of England. In 1845, he left the Anglican Church to convert to Roman Catholicism. He was ordained a priest soon after, and was elevated to Cardinal in 1879 Major General Josiah Bunting III is superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Prefacep. svii
University Teaching
Introductoryp. 3
Theology: A Branch of Knowledgep. 19
Bearing of Other Knowledgep. 41
Bearing of Other Knowledge on Theologyp. 65
Knowledge: Its Own Endp. 91
Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Learningp. 113
Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Professional Skillp. 137
Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Religionp. 163
Duties of the Church Towards Knowledgep. 193
University Subjects
Christianity and Letters. A Lecture read in the School of Philosophy and Letters, November, 1854p. 223
Literature. A Lecture read in the School of Philosophy and Letters, November, 1858p. 241
Catholic Literature in the English Tongue, 1854-8:--p. 265
In its relation to Religious Literaturep. 267
To Sciencep. 269
To the Classical Literaturep. 276
To the Literature of the Dayp. 287
Elementary Studies, 1854-6p. 297
Grammarp. 300
Compositionp. 312
Latin Writingp. 325
General Religious Knowledgep. 334
A Form of Infidelity of the Day, 1854.--p. 343
Its Sentimentsp. 343
Its Policyp. 353
University Preaching, 1855p. 365
Christianity and Physical Science. A Lecture read in the School of Medicine, November, 1855p. 387
Christianity and Scientific Investigation. A Written Lecture for the School of Science, 1855p. 413
Discipline of Mind. An Address delivered to the Evening Classes, November, 1858p. 435
Christianity and Medical Science. An Address delivered to the Students of Medicine, November, 1858p. 457
Note on p. 432p. 471
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