Jim Russell, The Existential Crisis of the American University, Pacific Standard, Mar 11, 2015

My favorite philosopher (Michel Foucault) wasn’t a philosopher so much as he was an innovative historian. Instead of casting his gaze at some well-defined era, Foucault studied the breaks between eras. Why did the model of the way the world works change? Instead of a history, Foucault offered histories. In that tradition, I offer the recent histories of the American university. The first Foucauldian moment, “The Day the Purpose of College Changed“:

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