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Friday, September 28, 2018

Hutchins, Adler, and the University of Chicago: A Critical Juncture

Mary Ann Dzuback at Washington University in St Louis


As dean of Yale University's Law School, Robert Hutchins stressed social science theory and research as central to the university's work. Within a few years, as president of the University of Chicago, he abandoned the social sciences for philosophy and the great books. Hutchins's conversion seems ironic because it took place at an institution renowned for the work of its faculty in social science theory and research. This article is an attempt to make sense of Hutchins's shift in thinking at a critical juncture in his life and in the university's history,


Originally published in American Journal of Education vol. 99, no. 1,© 1990 The University of Chicago,

Recommended Citation
Dzuback, Mary Ann, "Hutchins, Adler, and the University of Chicago: A Critical Juncture" (1990). Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Research. 19.

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