The Bastion of Liberty

Leiden University Today and Yesterday

Willem Otterspeer

Willem Otterspeer

Distributed for Leiden University Press

312 pages | 42 color plates, 34 halftones | 8-1/4 x 10-1/4 | © 2008
Cloth $76.50 ISBN: 9789087280307 Published February 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

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.

1   Weapons and Words: Leiden University 1575-1775
2   Freedom and Restraint: Leiden University 1775-1975
3   Unity and Plurality: Leiden University 1975-Today
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