© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156973210X526454 International Journal of Public Theology 4 (2010) 503–513 brill.nl/ijpt Book Reviews Stanley Hauerwas, The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007), pp. x + 232, £24.99, ISBN 978- 1405162487 (pbk). Stanley Hauerwas lives in two worlds: that of the church and that of the university. It is through the second that he makes his living, and it is for the sake of both that he has written this book. The title, The State of the University , does not refer to the condition of the university—though the book is not exactly shy about that perspective. Instead it refers primarily to his view that modern universities ‘produce and reproduce knowl- edges that both reﬂect and serve the state’ (p. 6). Hauerwas’ most devastating example of this is his observation of how America responded to 9/11. University graduates believed that there was ‘no choice’ but to go to war against terrorism. Here, he claimed, was a clear indication that the American university ‘serves the state’ (p. 125). Not surprisingly this touched a raw nerve, as did his remark that the most benevolent ideal of
International Journal of Public Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
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