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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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Academic Friendship

Academic Friendship

(p.52) Four Academic Friendship
The Aims of Higher Education

Paul Weithman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter offers a view of the aims of university teaching. The author depicts and defends a particular conception of the professor-student relationship and then uses this conception to develop a view of what the aims of teaching must be. The conception of the relationship developed is one of “academic friendship.” Situated within a broadly Aristotelian theory of friendship, the academic friendship between professor and student is said to identify, among other things, the following aims of teaching: encourage students to be moved by the authority of reason, expand their imaginative capacities, and develop admiration for the complexity of intellectual questions and for the human achievement that is the pursuit of those questions. The chapter ends by considering the objection that this notion of academic friendship and the goals it sets out for teaching are too ideal.

Keywords:   aims, teaching, academic friendship, Aristotelian theory of friendship, professor-student relationship, authority of reason, imaginative capacities

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