Leavis and the Creative University

  • Steven CranfieldEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


This chapter considers where Leavis sits in relation to thinking about the ‘democratic mass university’. Is time spent attending to Leavis going to be unproductive, without any contemporary application? Is his kind of thinking about the university one that is no longer available to us? The key to answering these questions in a productive way lies in Leavis’s approach to what might be called ‘the creative university’. Here Leavis provides several insights and conceptual tools for clarifying thinking about the fundamental values and purposes of higher education, its key questions, and its potential for fostering collaborative creativity.


Leavis Values and purposes Higher education Creative university Systems thinking Teleonomy Verstehen 


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  1. 1.Department of Leadership and Professional Development, Westminster Business SchoolUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK

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