The Intellectual Climate of the Early University
Universities, in the early Middle Ages and now, are monuments to cultivation--monuments to the fact that complex, hidden things and issues do, in fact, exist, to be slowly exposed through a lifetime of patient, daily effort. This is the seat of the power of the university and the crux of its message as an institution as it actively forms a polarity to exigency and daily necessity-a contrast to what is obviously, hastily, conveniently perceived. A university exists to make known what can only be revealed by consistent, dedicated effort. Ultimately, a university exists in order to understand the things that are hidden from ordinary, casual view. This is a message that is subtly reinforced by all of the articles in this volume.
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Citation for published book
Gründler, Van Deusen, Gründler, Otto, & California State University, Northridge. Center for Medieval Studies. (1997). The intellectual climate of the early university : Essays in honor of Otto Gründler / edited by Nancy van Deusen. (Studies in medieval culture ; 39).
Van Deusen, Nancy, "The Intellectual Climate of the Early University" (1997). All Books and Monographs by WMU Authors. 569.