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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Saving the Soul of the University (1998)

Saving the Soul of the University (1998)

(p.67) 5. Saving the Soul of the University (1998)
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter illustrates the evolution of the university as a place of intellectual inquiry, excellence, and activism. It concentrates on the University of the West Indies (UWI), particularly the Faculty of Social Sciences, which has always been at the center of debate regarding the character and fate of the UWI. There are three phases of evolution: the first phase, West Indian Nationalism, pertains to the formation and consolidation of the university; second is the Counter-Hegemonic Praxis, with Walter Rodney as its most prominent figure; and finally, the Thermidor phase, a period of profound crisis which crumbled the intellectual foundation of the university. The chapter argues that a university instilled with a sense of philosophy and inquiry is not a luxury but a necessity.

Keywords:   University of the West Indies, West Indian Nationalism, Counter-Hegemonic Praxis, Thermidor phase, Walter Rodney, intellectual inquiry, activism

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