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.

Introduction: The Neo-Liberal Moment in Higher Education and the Need for an Academic Caesar
Introduction: The Neo-Liberal Moment in Higher Education and the Need for an Academic Caesar

1 My Own Quest to Figure Out What’s Worth Defending in Academia

I always try to be ahead of the curve: I like to know our current position and then think how we should proceed to reach a desirable future. This assumes a general direction to history, which nevertheless remains open to the future and hence pliable to any of a number of ends and susceptible to any number of outcomes. It also means that my projections change as the data points defining the curve change. Consider it a 21st century update of John Maynard Keynes’ offhand remark that ...

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