The Public Interest

Barbarism, virtue, and the university

Sidney Hook

Spring 1969

DURING the last five years, American universities have been disrupted by student disorders unprecedented in scope and intensity. The shock waves, reverberating from coast to coast, have not merely shattered the placid routines of campus life. They have also had a profoundly disturbing effect on traditional, complacent assumptions about the character of American education and have unsettled therewith the entire intellectual climate.


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