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The Bastion of Liberty The Bastion of Liberty

Leiden University Today and Yesterday

by Otterspeer, Willem

Leiden University was founded as an institution that would embody a particular set of academic ethics that sought to improve society through the acquisition of knowledge. In this volume, author Willem Otterspeer draws on the idea of Leiden as a “bastion of liberty” and proposes that concepts such as “equilibrium” and “scale” are key to understanding the university as an institution, ultimately showing how universities are a form of social capital, one of Western society’s answers to the dilemma of collective action, and an instrument for preserving and restoring continuity in the world. On SALE! A US$69.95 value.

Paperback, 312 pages, Over 40 colour plates, over 30 b/w illustrations

USD 49.95 / CAD 59.95

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