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Newman Studies Journal

Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Stephen Morgan
Pages 32-43

The Oxford Origins of John Henry Newman's Educational Thought in The Idea of a University

This essay, originally a presentation at the annual conference of the Newman Association of America at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2011, argues that The Idea of a University reflects a notion of university education that was already present in all its essentials in Newman’s thought by 1830. Newman’s experience as an undergraduate, his early years as a Fellow of Oriel College and his correspondence with Edward Hawkins during the Tutorship dispute indicate that Newman’s ideas about university education could only have originated in the Anglican Oxford of his time.

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