The new treason of the intellectuals

Can the University survive?

By Thomas Docherty

The new treason of the intellectuals


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3274-1
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: July 2018
  • BIC Category: Education, EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects, Literature & literary studies / Literary theory, Higher & Further Education, Tertiary Education, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Philosophy & Theory Of Education


This book delivers a damning criticism of the contemporary University system. It argues that the University has become politicised - that its primary purpose has shifted from education to the advancement of market-fundamentalist capital, an ideology that paints society as a war of all against all for individual financial gain. Against this, the book calls for a reconfiguration of the purpose of the University. It evokes the institution's wider ambitions and purposes: extending the range of human possibilities, seeking global justice and promoting democracy. Nothing less than ecological and human survival is at stake. Written by a senior academic and leading opponent of the modern University regime, this book exposes a troubling present while remaining optimistic for the future. Essential reading for students and academics, policy-makers and anyone who cares about the state of higher education in the twenty-first century.


Thomas Docherty is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick


Part I: Betrayal
1 Private study
Part II: Crisis
2 Titles and entitlements: why 'university'?
3 The exceptional and the ordinary
4 Another brick in the wall
5 Inflation, democracy, and populism
Part III: Survival
6 Origins, originality, and the privileges of nature
7 Preliminary hypotheses towards a manifesto

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