How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World

New Book: How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World: The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution

Nicholas Maxwell

A book that I have recently published may be of interest to members of the intellectual history community. It is called How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World: The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution (Imprint Academic, 2014). It comes out straight away as a paperback, and costs only £9.95 in the UK ($19.90 in the US).

In the book I argue that, if we are to make progress towards as good a world as possible, it is essential that we bring about a revolution in universities around the world so that they become rationally devoted to helping us solve problems of living, above all our grave global problems. At the heart of the book there is an argument about science: we urgently need a new kind of science that promotes sustained exploration of problematic assumptions concerning metaphysics, values and politics, inherent in the aims of science.

The emphasis of the book is how and why transforming universities in the way I indicate really would make a difference, for the better, in the great world beyond academe. In the final chapter there is a long section on climate change.

The book has received recommendations from Julian Baggini, Professor Lord Robert May, Mary Midgley, and Professor David Price, vice-provost of research at UCL.

For further information, please see the following website.

 

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