Contemporary Philosophical Proposals for the University

Toward a Philosophy of Higher Education

  • Aaron Stoller
  • Eli Kramer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Aaron Stoller, Eli Kramer
    Pages 1-23
  3. The Problematic Situation: Challenges Facing Higher Education

  4. The Wellspring of Experience: Reflections on Robust Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. George Allan
      Pages 103-122
  5. Generalization: Reconstructive Proposals for the University

  6. Return to Experience: Reconstruction Put into Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
  7. Future Inquiry: Higher Education in the Coming Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-268

About this book


This edited collection brings together a robust range of philosophers who offer theoretically and critically informed proposals regarding the aims, policies, and structures of the university. The collection fills a major gap in the landscape of higher education theory and practice while concurrently reviving a long and often forgotten discourse within the discipline of philosophy. It includes philosophers from across the globe representing disparate philosophical schools, as well as various career stages, statuses, and standpoints within the university. There is also a diversity in method, approach and style, which varies from personal narratives and case studies, to philosophical genealogies, to traditional philosophical essays, and to systematic theories. The collection can serve as a theoretical resource for critically minded administrators and faculty who wish to analyze and change policies and structures at their home institutions. It will introduce them to a wide range of possible educational imaginaries, as well as provide them with productive suggestions for pragmatic change on campuses. 


critical university studies critical engagement in higher education John Dewey philosophy of education neoliberalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Aaron Stoller
    • 1
  • Eli Kramer
    • 2
  1. 1.First Year ExerienceColorado College First Year ExerienceColorado Springs, COUSA
  2. 2.Department of the Philosophy of CultureInstitute of Philosophy of the University of WarsawWarsawUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72127-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72128-6
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