The Oxonian Idea of a University:
John Henry Newman’s Formative Oriel Experience
Methodist Archives and Research Centre, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester.
Is there a crisis in the modern academy? Has the modern university abandoned the historic ideals of a humane liberal education and of a ‘republic of letters’ for a de-humanizing corporate and utilitarian model rooted in commercial considerations? If so, can the educational ideals of learning for its own sake and for training the mind for a life of service espoused by John Henry Newman in his classic Idea of A University be recaptured and reapplied for the world of today?