Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The university's duties to society: Newman

"But a University training is the great ordinary means to a great but ordinary end; it aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating the public mind, at purifying the national taste, at supplying true principles to popular enthusiasm and fixed aims to popular aspiration, at giving enlargement and sobriety to the ideas of the age, at facilitating the exercise of political power, and refining the intercourse of private life."

John Henry Cardinal Newman, The Idea of a University Defined and Illustrated in Nine Discourses Delivered to the Catholics of Dublin in Occassional :Lectures and Essays Addressed to the Members of the Catholic University, ed. Martin J Svaglic (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1852 (1966 Edition)), 134. (I, vii, 10)

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