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Sowell pulls no punches as he candidly describes the internal and outer workings of ratings of yankee faculties and universities, huge and small. He supplies equivalent awareness to important courses, monetary relief, and the tutorial surroundings.

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In contrast to mere opinion [doxa] or particular facts [historia], episteme involved logical necessity and truth. It referred to a form of knowledge that an individual achieved in a particular manner. ”7 Such knowledge referred less to a possession that one could acquire and more to the way in which one knew something. As a person acquired scientific knowledge, he did not simply know more; instead, as Aristotle put it, the “state of [his] soul” changed. Science was an acquired aptitude [hexis] for demonstrative or syllogistic reasoning; it referred to a capacity to deduce the true causal order of the world from principles.

According to its more modern use, science enjoys its authoritative status precisely because it can be communicated, transmitted, objectified, and ultimately institutionalized. But this was not always the case. The term “science” has not always referred to a supra-­individual form of knowledge, and only within the past two hundred years has it become intertwined with the university. In order to understand how science became, as Zimietzki described it, the underlying culture of the university, we first need to consider some of the various conceptions of “science” which were available to late eighteenth-­century German scholars and writers as they sought to claim it for their own purposes.

64 A system or a science is not a subjective capacity of the mind; it is a supra-­individual product of reason. 65 Not tethered to individual minds, sciences exceed the capacity even of 36 organizing enlightenment their supposed “founder” to give a comprehensive account of their development. 66 Science as Ethic Looking back on the semantic shifts that “science” had undergone over the course of the eighteenth century, the anonymous author of one lexicon article from 1811 summarized the changes thus: “science,” he wrote, had been used initially to describe a subjective “condition in which one knows something” and to refer to the “clear and distinct ideas” of an individual.

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