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A Philosophical Inquiry Into The Role Of Universities In American Democratic Society, Justin W. Taylor Jun 2018

A Philosophical Inquiry Into The Role Of Universities In American Democratic Society, Justin W. Taylor

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The infusion of market-logic has undermined American universities as democratic institutions. This issue was examined through an analysis of what role universities play in democratic governance. As a philosophical inquiry, the data were seminal texts from political science, education, and philosophy, such as those by Alexis de Tocqueville, John Dewey, and Henry Giroux. The most salient theme unveiled by this study was how central universities are to functional democracy, both as key fixtures and critics. However, universities have adopted market-logic ideologies, which inhibit universities’ abilities to function as democratic institutions. The study concludes by calling for a reinvigoration of the ...