Higher Education in the Making: Pragmatism, Whitehead, and the Canon

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George Allan argues that the so-called "culture wars" inhigher education are the result of the dogmatic and unyielding certainty that both canonists and anticanonists bring to any discussion of how best to organize an undergraduate curriculum. He then proposes a middle way. Drawing from William James, John Dewey, and Alfred North Whitehead, he contrasts the absolutist claims of both canonists and anti-canonists with a fallibilist approach andargues for a more pragmatic canon that is normative and always in need of ...