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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, this Yale edition leaves out about half of what Newman himself published in 1873 as the definitive edition of THE IDEA OF A UNIVERSITY. Published here are only the nine "Dublin Discourses" from Part I on "University Teaching" and but four of the ten chapters of Part II, "University Subjects Discussed in Occasional Lectures and Essays." For the hundred-page displacement of Newman's essays, the editor substitutes five interpretive essays supposedly inquiring into the relevance of Newman's book for today's higher education debates. These interpretive essays have major inconsistencies and repetitions among themselves and are of mixed quality, with inaccuracies and serious misunderstandings of some of Newman's central ideas. As accurate forays of the Newmanian mind into the twentieth- and twenty-first century university, only the engaging and intellectually challenging essays by George Marsden and George Landow succeed. (COMPLETE paperback editions of Newman's IDEA are available from Loyola University Press, 1987, and University of Notre Dame Press, 1982).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
A review currently listed for this book pertains to "this Yale edition" and says it leaves out "about half" of what Newman published. However, Amazon indicates that the publisher is "Gateway Editions." The copy that Amazon shipped to me (which matches the picture of the book) indicates "Regnery Publishing" as the publisher. Moreover, it appears to leave out nothing.

Having verified, from the Table of Contents on line, that all of the parts were present, I purchased this edition in hopes that it might contain some comments or analysis that would add to the understanding that I received from reading the Notre Dame Press edition (Martin J. Svaglic author), with its excellent notes and commentaries. (Otherwise, why would reviewers recommend it?) My anticipation was rewarded by an interesting seven-page introduction.

However, the endnotes by Svaglic are of such great value in understanding the Newman's references to then-present and past events and authors and even in translating some of his Latin that I greatly prefer that edition. For that reason, in comparison, I witheld one star.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
A strong case can be made that Englishman John Henry (Cardinal) Newman reinvented the religious univeristy in the 19th century and that most such universities, regardless of their denomination, functioned quite well until the computer age. Now, with all universities being forced to rethink their own identity and mission, the values which Newman enuntiated for them over 100 years ago will return to guide their reinvention in our own day. Or, they can return, if they are given the chance. Yale University is to be commended for putting Newman's ideas on the university back on the table in such a splendid format. Every aspect of this work deserves praise, from the editor's introduction and special footnotes, to the analytical essays which merit a careful reading in their own right. I did a complete review of this excellent work in "National Catholic Register" 9-15 Feb. 1997, p. 6. I recommend this book highly for this who need to understand and apply Newman's vision of the university.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Newman's work is not only an eloquent, erudite, and careful defense of the virtue of knowledge and the value of a liberal education; it is also a brilliantly reasoned and felt argument for the prevention of hubris on the part of any particular branch of knowledge.
Newman's sound warnings against the overreaching of scientific fields and the triumph of smug materialism and positivism are still urgent, of course. Newman is also careful to point out that the liberal arts and even theology may attempt to establish a single, inadequate framework for the discovery of truth.
Newman's complex epistemology does not fall prey to the heresy that truth is not one, but reminds us that in our present state, truth present various aspects and that the tyranny of any particular branch of knowledge is the victory of ignorance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was an English Anglican cleric and a leader of the Oxford Movement; he converted to Catholicism in 1845 and eventually became a Cardinal. He wrote many influential books, such as Apologia Pro Vita Sua (An Image classic),An essay in aid of a grammar of assent; (A Doubleday image book), etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1853 book, "The view taken of a university in these discourses is the following: that it is a place of teaching universal knowledge... it is the diffusion and extension of knowledge rather than the advancement. If its object were scientific and philosophical discovery, I do not see why a university should have students; if religious training, I do not see how it can be the seat of literature and science. Such is a university in its essence, and independently of its relation to the Church."

He argues that in an institution in which "nothing is professed, nothing is taught about the Supreme Being... then the institution in question professes every science, and yet leaves out the foremost of them... it is very plain that a Divine Being and a university so circumstanced cannot co-exist." (Pg. 65) He states his opinion that "the Church's true policy is not to aim at the exclusion of literature from secular schools, but at her own admission into them. Let her do for literature in one way what she does for science in another... She fears no knowledge, but she purifies all..." (Pg. 237)

He notes that "the great Newton himself would have been silenced in a Catholic University, when he got upon the Apocalypse; yet is that any reason why we should not study his The Principia (Great Minds)... which French infidels have developed? We are glad... that anti-Catholic writers should, in their posthumous influence, do as much real service to the human race as ever they can, and we have no wish to interfere with it." (Pg. 291)

While almost 160 years old---and seriously "out of step" with current trends in education---Newman's educational ideas are still provocative, and worth reading.
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on April 27, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Prior to reading this tasty work I had no idea Cardinal Newman was so prescient, such a brilliant intellect. As one reads, one has a new appreciation for the cultural drift that has harmed our society.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is in excellent shape; tight binding, clean pages, and delivered promptly. Thank you.
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