The Knowledge Most Worth Having

Paperback | October 1, 2006

EditorWayne C. Booth

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The Knowledge Most Worth Having represents the essence of education at the University of Chicago—faculty and students grappling with key intellectual questions that span the humanities, while still acknowledging the need to acquire a depth of knowledge in one’s chosen field. The papers collected here were delivered during an often-heated conference at the university in 1966, and include contributions from such scholars as Northrop Frye, Richard McKeon, and, of course, the dean of the college, Wayne Booth himself. Taken as a whole, they present a passionate defense of liberal education, one that remains highly relevant today.

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The Knowledge Most Worth Having represents the essence of education at the University of Chicago—faculty and students grappling with key intellectual questions that span the humanities, while still acknowledging the need to acquire a depth of knowledge in one’s chosen field. The papers collected here were delivered during an often-heat...

Wayne C. Booth (1921–2005) was the George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Rhetoric of Fiction, A Rhetoric of Irony, The Power and Limits of Pluralism, The Vocation of a Teacher, and Forthe Love of It, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 inPublished:October 1, 2006Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226065766

ISBN - 13:9780226065762

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Table of Contents

IS THERE ANY KNOWLEDGE THAT A MAN MUST HAVE?
Wayne C. Booth

RETURNING COALS TO NEWCASTLE
F. Champion Ward

THE INSTRUMENTS OF MENTAL PRODUCTION
Northrop Frye

UNDERGRADUATES AND THE SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE
J.A. Simpson

DIVERSITY
John R. Platt

EDUCATION AND THE CONTEMPORARY WOMAN
Anne Firor Scott

PLATONIC EDUCATION
James M. Redfield

THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Richard McKeon

THE ROLE OF LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES WITHIN A UNIVERSITY
Edward H. Levi