Contending With Modernity: Catholic Higher Education in the Twentieth Century

Citation: 
Gleason, Philip. Contending With Modernity: Catholic Higher Education in the Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Abstract: 

Philip Gleason’s monograph provides a history of Catholic higher education during the years 1900 to 1960. He argues that the demands of modernity, both intellectually and organizational, has substantially affected Catholic higher education. Gleason describes the period of 1900 to 1920 as one in which Catholic higher education accommodated to modernity on the organizational level but rejected its ideology. The period form 1920 to 1940 witnessed an active Catholic challenge to the thought forms of modernity. But by 1960, the strains and conflicts within Catholic higher education prompted by post World War II social and intellectual changes had led to an intense self-examination among Catholic intellectuals, and later to an acceptance of modernity. He concludes his book with a discussion of Catholic higher education’s current accommodation to the identity crisis that has results from that acceptance. (LT)

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