Titus Stahl

Terry Eagleton: The Slow Death of the University

Eagleton on the “Slow Death of the University”. Mostly focussed on Britain, but obviously relevant to the rest of the world.

[A]ll publicly funded academic research must now regard itself as part of the so-called knowledge economy, with a measurable impact on society. Such impact is rather easier to gauge for aeronautical engineers than ancient historians. Pharmacists are likely to do better at this game than phenomenologists. Subjects that do not attract lucrative research grants from private industry, or that are unlikely to pull in large numbers of students, are plunged into a state of chronic crisis. Academic merit is equated with how much money you can raise, while an educated student is redefined as an employable one.