Aimed directly at those who aspire to be university leaders in these turbulent times, and written as an academic counterpart to Machiavelli’s The Prince, The Academic Caesar explores four themes that are central to the contemporary university: its Caesar-leaders, its economics, its disciplines, and whether academics have a future in the universities. Drawing on a wealth of experience writing about the social epistemology of higher education, Steve Fuller makes a witty, robust and provocative contribution to the ongoing debate about where the university has come from and where it is going. The Academic Caesar will prove a fascinating read for those seeking new insights into current crisis in higher education as well as researchers and academics interested in the sociology of leadership.

A Vision for the Future: The Proactionary University as a Platform for the Academic Caesar

A Vision for the Future: The Proactionary University as a Platform for the Academic Caesar

What follows is a vision for the university of tomorrow, one which takes forward the progressive features of the modern Humboldtian university, while regarding the institution itself as a whole greater than the sum of its academic and non-academic parts. However, in the future, what counts as human ‘flourishing’ will depend quite specifically on whether we treat risk as a threat or as an opportunity: that is, a precautionary or a proactionary attitude (Fuller and Lipinska 2014: chap. 1). The proactionary stance corresponds not only to the entrepreneurial spirit but also to Karl Popper’s ‘open ...

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