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Appeared in: Volume 13, Number 1
Published on: March 8, 2017
higher education
The Therapeutic University

How medicalized language and the therapeutic culture came to dominate Anglo-American institutions of higher education.

Frank Furedi is emeritus of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury England and author of What’s Happened to the University: A Sociological Exploration of Its Infantilisation (Routledge, 2016).
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    let me suggest that perhaps the most significant development that accounts for society’s estrangement from its own traditions today has been the reluctance of its elites to uphold their own authority

    This is one explanation. Allow me to suggest another: authority is being (has been) seized by a new group of “elites,” who are busy openly demolishing all traditions in order to institute new ones of their own invention. The new elites have manufactured the demand for their therapeutic “services.” The old adage cui bono? ought to be remembered here. I am speaking of faculty, especially in intellectually vacuous departments, and the leviathan of administration brought into being (in the US anyway) by the massive government transfer payments to universities. Remember that Nietzsche warned against moralists who agitate for “justice” when really they simply desire to be made judges, their will standing in place of reason.

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