Purely Academic by Perry Glanzer

Purely Academic

Save the World on Your own Time
by Stanley Fish
Oxford University Press, 2008
(208 pages, $19.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Perry L. Glanzer

According to Stanley Fish’s recent book, Save the World on Your Own Time, “No university, and therefore no university official, should ever take a stand on any social, political or moral issue.” Of course, Fish does not mean that the university’s professors should not claim to know what a good teacher is or should do. That would put universities out of business. Instead, he argues that universities and the professors employed by them should not offer definitive answers to moral questions or shape students’ characters in accord with some larger vision of the good.

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Perry Glanzer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Baylor University and the author of The Quest for Russia?s Soul (Baylor University Press). He attends First Baptist Church in Woodway, Texas.

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