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

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      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
            58083c12-65b3-4a9c-9ba9-7cea4d56c3ff
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