Thorstein Veblen é incrivelmente atual: tão atual que foi republicado no contexto do século XXI (junho de 2015) de forma que o autor parece viver entre nós analisando a questão da Educação Superior e o controle corporativo sobre a universidade.
by Thorstein Veblen
In the working theory of the modern civilized community, — that is to say in the current common-sense apprehension of what is right and good, as it works out in the long run, — the university is a corporation of learning, disinterested and dispassionate. To its keeping is entrusted the community’s joint interest in esoteric knowledge. It is given over to the single-minded pursuit of science and scholarship, without afterthought and without a view to interests subsidiary or extraneous to the higher learning. It is, indeed, the one great institution of modern times that works to no ulterior end and is controlled by no consideration of expediency beyond its own work. Typically, normally, in point of popular theory, the university is moved by no consideration other than “the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” This is so because this profitless quest of knowledge has come to…
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