I thought the content of this book was stimulating and incisive. The area dealing with American universities was almost incredible and certainly a wake-up call for academics and especially administrators to show more backbone and introduce students to real life. I wonder if American Law has the “reasonable man” standard, as this (one would have thought) would obviate many of those tortious cases based on subjectively offended feelings. I would happily have given this five stars except that it seemed to me to be overwritten, with rather a lot of repetition. Still, an important analysis of a current problem.
My medical specialty attracts many patients who members of “the academy” and many students both undergraduate and postgraduate. And to them I commend this book. Carefully and respectfully argued, supported by copious evidence, Jon and Greg here lead the charge to bring back wisdom and virtue and the pursuit of truth to the educative and university “telos”. A five star book. Or, rather, almost a manual with a specific purpose, a project with an end in mind, even to the point of having a “call to action” in its conclusion. All perfectly correct and perfectly appropriate to address an issue threatening the entire fabric of our academe and thus the future direction of the pointy end of our society, and, without exaggeration, our civilisation. That said, I would have liked to read here a further tracing of the philosophic and academic roots of our current intellectual/anti-intellectual predicament. For much of the bitter fruit we see Jon and Greg describe tasting in our universities has naturally sprouted from the tree of postmodernism. For postmodernism teaches fragility, and to trust feelings, and to engage in us versus them: all of the Three Great Untruths are promulgated by Foucault. I look forward to Jon and Greg one day taking on postmodernism head-on, but, in the meantime, this manual does its job in an outstanding manner