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Organizing Enlightenment


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The Enlightenment-era concerns that gave rise to the modern research university can illuminate contemporary debates about knowledge in the digital age.

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Science as Culture2. The Fractured Empire of Erudition3. Encyclopedia from Book to Practice4. From Bibliography to Ethics5. Kant's Critical Technology6. The Enlightenment University and Too Many Books7. The University in the Age of Print8. Berlin, Humboldt, and the Research University9. The Disciplinary Self and the Virtues of the PhilologistAfterwordNotesBibliographyIndex

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Chad Wellmon is an associate professor of German studies at the University of Virginia and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is the author of Becoming Human: Romantic Anthropology and the Embodiment of Freedom.


An important story, told by Wellmon... His exposition is deeply grounded in intellectual, rather than social, history. * Choice *
Organizing Enlightenment is an intriguing book for readers with significant prior knowledge of educational and German history...this reviewer found the material on lexica and encyclopedias a fascinating new perspective. * History of Education Quarterly *
The original analysis of select texts and the general elan with which the book is written nevertheless render Organizing Enlightenment an invaluable item for anyone reflecting on the current sense of crisis in academia. Tracing the invention of an idea of the research university rather than the genesis of the institution itself, this book is a welcome contribution to controversies over information overload and the control of knowledge. * Erudition and the Republic of Letters *

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