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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.

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

USD 59.95 / CAD 76.95

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