The Idea of a University


Read by Andrew Nash

John Henry Newman (1801-90) was an Anglican clergyman and Oxford academic whose study of early Christianity led him to convert to the Catholic Church in 1845. At that time Catholics were banned from attending the ancient British universities. The issue was particularly acute in Ireland with its majority Catholic population, so the British government decided to found some non-denominational colleges there which would admit all but which also were not allowed to have Catholic theology faculties in them. The pope of that time, Pius IX, urged the Irish bishops instead to found a Catholic university. Newman, as the leading intellectual Catholic convert, was appointed its founding Rector. He gave a series of public lectures, arguing the case for a Catholic university (such as existed elsewhere in Europe) and also that a university should include theology among its subjects. He also argued for academic education in its own right, against the 'utilitarians' who said that all education should just be practical and immediately 'useful'. Newman later added some other articles on educational topics, such as the relation between science and religion. The resulting book, 'The Idea of a University', became a classic of educational philosophy which is still referenced in debates about the nature and purpose of education today. - Summary by Andrew Nash (16 hr 57 min)

Chapters

University Teaching - Preface 28:32 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 1 - Introductory 32:30 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 2 - Theology a Branch of Knowledge 46:34 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 3 - Bearing of Theology on Other Branches of Knowledge 55:10 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 4 - Bearing of Other Branches of Knowledge on Theology 54:50 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 5 - Knowledge its Own End 48:39 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 6 - Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Learning 53:54 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 7 - Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Professional Skill 56:09 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 8 - Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Religion 1:06:45 Read by Andrew Nash
Discourse 9 - Duties of the Church Towards Knowledge 55:10 Read by Andrew Nash
University Subjects - Introductory Letter & Advertisement 2:40 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 1 - Christianity and Letters 37:09 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 2 - Literature 51:08 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 3 - English Catholic Literature 1:06:35 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 4 - Elementary Studies Part 1: Grammar 33:25 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 4 - Elementary Studies Part 2: Composition 25:27 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 4 - Elementary Studies Part 3: Latin Writing 20:17 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 4 - Elementary Studies Part 4: General Religious Knowledge 18:01 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 5 - A Form of Infidelity of the Day 45:17 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 6 - University Preaching 45:22 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 7 - Christianity and Physical Science 53:36 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 8 - Christianity and Scientific Investigation 45:52 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 9 - Discipline of Mind 44:52 Read by Andrew Nash
Lecture 10 - Christianity and Medical Science 29:53 Read by Andrew Nash