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      The postmodern university revisited: reframing higher education debates from the 'two cultures' to postmodernity

      London Review of Education

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          Current debate on higher education in Britain is focused on its instrumental functions and largely ignores its social and cultural value. This paper considers the 'idea of the university' in an historical perspective and critically examines current policy discourse while identifying robust alternatives to the utilitarian argument. It proposes, speculatively, the notion of 'cosmopolitanism', as defined by critics of pluralism and postmodernism, as a more meaningful starting point for philosophical and policy discussions.

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          London Review of Education
          IOE Press
          1474-8460
          01 July 2006
          : 4
          : 2
          : 133-148
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          1474-8460(20060701)4:2L.133;1- s3.phd /ioep/clre/2006/00000004/00000002/art00003
          10.1080/14748460600855195
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