The problems of the liberal university according to Alasdair MacIntyre

José Manuel Giménez Amaya, Sergio Sanchez-Migallon

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2020.008

Abstract


The university that Alasdair MacIntyre defines as liberal is that which rejects the tradition as something pre-modern and with an impediment for the progress, including the pedagogic one. This university model has been extended in all instances, giving priority to the technical education in a pragmatic way. Thus, the global and sapiential vision of the university has been relegated. This last approach is the key for unifying the knowledge and to pass it onto other people and, therefore, to educate and mold intellectually and morally. However, the professionalization of the philosophy and the criteria of the modern liberalism seem to dominate and inspire most universities in the present day. This situation has plainly shown an inability to become aware of their incompetence to properly educate professors and students alike, in a sapiential and  moral manner, threfore deceiving themselves with a naive rhetoric.


Keywords


university; liberalism; tradition; formation; philosophy

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