Regarded as the most important book on education ever written, The Idea of a University is a living classic that defines for groping, late-20th Century souls what it truly means to be educated.
The issues that John Henry Newman raised--the place of religion and moral values in the university setting, the competing claims of liberal and professional education, the character of the academic community, the cultural role of literature, the relation of religion and science--have provoked discussion from Newman's time to our own.
"The aim of the University is a true enlargement of mind... the power of viewing many things at once."
Though a century and a half has passed since John Henry Newman delivered the lectures which provide the basis for The Idea of a University, the prescription he served up is more relevant today than during the Victorian era.
Newman wrote and delivered these addresses upon becoming the first rector of the newly founded Catholic University of Ireland in Dublin. His vision shaped that school, and helped inform the modern understanding of what a university education should encompass.
- Preface (Part 1 University Teaching)
- Discourse 1 Introductory
- Discourse 2 Theology a Branch of Knowledge
- Discourse 3 Bearing of Theology on other Branches of Knowledge
- Discourse 4 Bearing of Other Branches of Knowledge on Theology
- Discourse 5 Knowledge its Own End
- Discourse 6 Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Learning
- Discourse 7 Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Professional Skill
- Discourse 8 Knowledge Viewed in relation to Religion
- Discourse 9 Duties of the Church towards Knowledge
- 1 Christianity and Letters (Part 2 University Subjects)
- 2 Literature
- 3 English Catholic Literature
- 4 Elementary Studies
- 5 A Form of Infidelity of the Day
- 6 University Preaching
- 7 Christianity and Physical Science
- 8 Christianity and Scientific Investigation
- 9 Discipline of Mind
- 10 Christianity and Medial Science