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The Aims of Higher EducationProblems of Morality and Justice$
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Harry Brighouse and Michael McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226259345

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226259512.001.0001

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Problems of Morality and Justice in Higher Education

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The Aims of Higher Education

Harry Brighouse

Michael McPherson

University of Chicago Press

This introduction begins with consideration of evidence for the claim that having a higher education is likely to have a significant impact on how well one’s life goes. On the basis of this evidence for higher education’s importance, the authors argue that it is important to attend carefully to the values at stake in debates concerning higher education. They identify three categories of questions for which issues of values are relevant: What should students learn? Who should attend college? And, What is the appropriate relationship between universities and the wider world? The authors then provide a brief synopsis of each of the seven chapters contained within the volume.

Keywords:   autonomy, higher education, aims of the university, inequality, race, humanities

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