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Wisdom and Delight in the University

Higton, Mike

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Recent debate about the public benefit of university scholarship, especially in the humanities, has sometimes been caught in a sterile tension between the promotion of engagement and the preservation of detachment, or between learning for public benefit and learning for learning’s sake. The article traces this tension back to the work of John Henry Newman. By examining recent work on Higher Education by various Christian theologians (Nigel Biggar, Stanley Hauerwas, Rowan Williams and David Ford), this article suggests that we should instead think of humanities scholarship as intensively dedicated to the public good, but as serving that good by pursuing both wisdom and delight.


Higton, M. (2013). Wisdom and Delight in the University. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 34(3), 300-311.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date May 22, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2014
Journal Journal of Beliefs and Values
Print ISSN 1361-7672
Electronic ISSN 1469-9362
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 3
Pages 300-311
Keywords Universities, Higher Education, Wisdom, John Henry Newman, David Ford, Rowan Williams, Stanley Hauerwas.


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