Monday, October 4, 2021

William James on Value of College

"The Social Value of the College-Bred", by William James, Address Delivered at a Meeting of the Association of American Alumnae at Radcliff College, November 7, 1907, in W. James, Memories and studies (pp. 309–325), Longmans, Green and Co., 1911, at Harry Cleaver, University of Texas.

"It is certain, to begin with, that the narrowest trade or professional training does something more for a man than to make a skilful practical tool of him—it makes him also a judge of other men's skill. ...

"Now, what is supposed to be the line of us who have the higher college training? Is there any broader line—since our education claims primarily not to be 'narrow'—in which we also are made good judges between what is firstrate and what is second-rate only? ..."

See William James, "On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings", "The Energies of Men", "Great Men and Their Environment", in Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 7; The Principles of Psychology, in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 53, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 55.

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