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The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution

Maxwell, N; (2010) The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution. In: Levene, M and Johnson, R and Roberts, P, (eds.) History at the End of the World? (80 - 93). Humanities-Ebooks: Penrith, UK.

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Humanity faces two great problems of learning: learning about the nature of the universe and about ourselves as a part of the universe, and learning how to make progress towards a good, civilized world. We solved the first problem when we created modern science in the 17th century, but we have not yet solved the second problem. This puts us in a situation of unprecedented danger. All our current global problems are the result. We urgently need to bring about a revolution in our universities so that their basic task becomes to devote cooperative rationality to tackling our global problems of living, thus helping us make progress towards a genuinely civilized world.

Type:Book chapter
Title:The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution
Publisher version:http://www.humanities-ebooks.co.uk/cgi-bin/trolleyed_public.cgi?action=showprod_224
Keywords:History, Intellectual revolution, wisdom, rationality, scientific method, problems of living.
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies

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