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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195179730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195179736
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A volume that university administrators in both religious and secular settings could usefully give their faculty colleagues to help restore a better sense of the purpose of their academic vocation....A compelling argument both for the restoration of religion in the understanding and practice of the academic vocation in general and for the more particular efforts of religious communities to transmit their convictions in the setting of modern higher education."--Commonweal


"There can be no doubt that the academy in the West is undergoing, and must undergo, fundamental alterations in direction and self-understanding. Schwehn's book is a significant contribution to the necessary debate."--The Cresset


"Eminently readable, solidly grounded in its sources, it makes a contribution to the debate about values in higher education. The author handles religio-spiritual questions with great sensitivity."--Robert P. Swierenga, Kent State University


"Schwehn offers a universal, rational, and religiously-informed philosophy of education."--Koinonia Journal


"Intelligent and provocative....Persuasive....Schwehn is certainly fighting the good fight....This thesis,...can be fruitfully debated on any American campus. Will it be debated? Not unless Mark Schwehn provides us with a sequel, for which we may devoutly hope."--Crisis


"By means of a fresh, penetrating, and exceedingly lucid account of the intellectual and cultural roots of the modern academy, Schwehn sheds light on the cause of the current contradictions experienced by professors....Carefully researched and informed by considerable learning....It is not simply an academic book, for Schwehn is himself no ordinary academic, and he has long known it."--First Things


"Schwehn's work is to be commended."--Review and Expositor


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Mark R. Schwehn is at Valparaiso University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Beau Weston on June 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Schwehn, the dean of the honors college at Valparaiso University, has written one of the best books in the current spate of religion and higher education volumes. His focus is on teaching as the heart of the academic vocation. He argues that the virtues of religious faith nurture the kinds of virtues that are needed for teaching. He contrasts an older model of education which sought to discover truth in order to shape character, with the modern research university ideal of creating knowledge in a value free exploration so that it can be used to enhance our power. The former is more congruent with teaching and with faith. The latter is at odds with the teaching model of higher education, and in practice the research models undermines the very virtues that makes honest researchers possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Singleton on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure I would have been as equipped to appreciate this book at an earlier stage of doctoral student life, but five years in, I have found it remarkably true to my own experience as a believer in academic life. Schwehn writes patiently and with humility but also puts his finger right on the missing notes in the modern presumptions about faculty priorities. His analysis of Weber's depiction of Wissenschaft was quite revealing, and the comparisons he draws between The Education of Henry Adams and both Augustine's Confessions and the Garden of Eden story were very powerful. If there is a quibble, it would be that I found the book's structure to be more episodic than clearly unified thematically, but the interested reader's patience is more than rewarded by hanging in for the powerful closing segments. I also wish a sequel existed, as I would love to hear Schwehn's current thoughts on prospects for realizing the alternative academic vision he paints.
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Format: Hardcover
Schwehn brings up issues from 20 years ago that are as relevant today as they were then. If you are in higher education, read this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AR on June 3, 2013
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real american philosophy in the issue of how to deal with religion and a kind of beliefs in the modern age.
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