St. John Henry Newman—The Idea of a University | Introductory
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“The views to which I have referred have grown into my whole system of thought, and are, as it were, part of myself. Many changes has my mind gone through: here it has known no variation or vacillation of opinion...”
In 1854, Newman was invited to Dublin by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland to serve as rector for the newly established Catholic University of Ireland, now University College, Dublin. Though he retired after only four years, during this time he composed and delivered the lectures that would become The Idea of a University.
We continue our reading series with Newman’s first discourse, in which he introduces some foundational considerations before beginning in earnest his detailed explication of the philosophy of education.
Part 1 of this work, “University Teaching”, will be released in episodic format over the coming weeks. Be sure to subscribe so as not to miss an installment!
The Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture reading project on The Idea of a University: https://www.newmansthoughts.com/
Translations from the Cluny Media edition: https://clunymedia.com/collections/john-henry-newman/products/the-idea-of-a-university
The Idea of a University full text: https://www.newmanreader.org/works/idea/
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