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Title: From Active Citizenship to World Citizenship: a proposal for a world university
Authors: Masschelein, Jan ×
Simons, Maarten #
Issue Date: 2009
Series Title: European educational research journal vol:8 issue:2 pages:236-248
Abstract: This article explores how universities can function as spaces where a world citizenship
takes shape. First, Kant’s distinction between the ‘private use of reason’ and ‘domestic gathering’, on
the one hand, and the ‘public use of reason’ and ‘public gathering’, on the other, is elucidated. This
distinction is used, secondly, to argue that the actual university organises ‘domestic gatherings’. In the
name of excellence, it requires an entrepreneurial ethos of its staff, i.e. an ethos of obedience to a
permanent quality tribunal, implying a permanent (self-)mobilisation confining the entrepreneur to a
domestic gathering and the private use of reason (‘private citizens’). Based on this understanding, the
third section develops a proposal for a world university inhabited by ‘learned individuals’ acting as
world citizens. It is a habitat in which an experimental and attentive ethos is present and where the
public use of reason is ‘finding (a) place’. This public use of reason is not just about making things
known, but of making them present. The aim of the final section, then, is to make the proposal more
specific, based on an exploration of ‘public lecturing’ as the time and space of public (world) gathering
where things are made public.
ISSN: 1474-9041
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Education, Culture and Society
Education and Training
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