Universitetets glød - analytiske fragmenter: The Spark of the University - Analytical Fragments

Simone Hansen, Frederik Petersen, Julie Poulsen & Kasper Reckweg

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The essential argument of this report is the following: as today’s idea of the university seems to have frozen in a contradictory state, it is utterly important to once again raise the idea of the university as a topic of discussion. It is however necessary to establish as a ground of a such discussion, a normative ideal, and the report aims at doing so by investigating the history of ideas of the university, thus arguing through Immanuel Kant, Wilhelm von Humboldt, and representatives of the Frankfurt School, whose ideas appeared dialectically related to the political regimes of their times, that emancipation and democracy must be the guiding conditions for the future development of the university. The overall aim of the report is thus to spur reflections regarding the idea of the university. In pursuing this goal, the report develops its own analytical strategy drawing on insights of the Frankfurt School and Slavoj Zizeks’ psychoanalytic studies of society. This analytical strategy is inspired by the Frankfurt School in so far as it consists of normative, immanent and empirical forms of critique, while it draws on Zizek in so far as it 1) performs wild interventions whenever contradictory statements are made by society, and 2) revive outworn and deformed ideas of a university in developing the foundation of the aforementioned normative mode of critique.

UddannelserPædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 dec. 2015


  • Glød
  • Horkheimer
  • Universitet
  • Zizek
  • Kritik
  • Kritisk teori
  • Adorno
  • Idehistorie
  • psykoanalyse
  • Kant