The Idea of the University in Latin America


This colloquium discussed the current problems of higher education common to Latin America, but focused particularly on the Brazilian case, in light of its unique historical trajectory, philosophical background, the mission(s) universities actually perform currently, and how they square with their ideal role in a society based on individual liberty and responsibility.


Conference Readings

Bello, Andres. Selected Writings of Andres Bello. Edited by Ivan Jaksic. Translated by Frances P. Lopez-Morillas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Donoghue, Frank. The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities. New York City: Fordham University Press, 2008.

Jaksic, Ivan. Academic Rebels in Chile: The Role of Philosophy in Higher Education and Politics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989.

Murray, Charles. Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality. New York City: Crown Forum, 2008.

Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

Oakeshott, Michael. The Voice of Liberal Learning. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Ortega y Gasset, José. Mission of the University. Translated by Howard Lee Nostrand. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1944.

Paim, Antonio. A UDF e a Idéia da Universidade. Rio de Janeiro: Tempo Brasileiro, 1981.

Paim, Antonio. Marxismo e Descendencia. Campinas: Interactive Editoria, Ltda., 2009.

Paim, Antonio. Os Intérpretes da Filosofia Brasileira, Volume I. Londrina: Editora UEL, 1999.

Polanyi, Michael. A Lógica da Liberdade. Rio de Janeiro: Topbooks/Liberty Fund, 2009.

Schwartzman, Simon. “"The new ranking of Ibero-American universities," "Affirmative action in the higher education in Brazil," "Admission to higher educaiton in Brazil: the ENEM debacle," "Dilemmas of Expansion: Can the Brazilian government assure the quality of new institutions?" and "Brazil: Federal higher education at risk".” Inside Higher Ed. (June 24, 2010).

Schwartzman, Simon, Helena Maria Bousquet Bomeny, and Vanda Maria Ribeiro Costa. Tempos de Capanema. São Paulo: Editora Paz e Terra S/A, 2000.