Universitetets korrumpering

Jacob Schjødt & Anna Sophie Kragh Valentin Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines the marketization of the Danish university anno 2016 through Heideggers essay The Question Concerning Technology (1953). The purpose of applying Heidegger’s thoughts on an educational topic, is to shed light on the thoughts and underlying assumptions on which the present marketization of the danish universities is based. We examine how a university dominated purely by technological thinking would appear, and ask whether we can explain the present marketizational undertakings in these terms. With this in mind, we further ask whether these technological rationalizations belong in an educational sphere - if they have a degrading effect on basic university values. We discuss this question by introducing Wilhelm Von Humboldt as a thinker whose thoughts constitute an alternative to the technological rationalizations, and by applying Michael Sandels theory of the markets ability to corrupt social values. In our examination we find that by applying Heideggers thoughts on technology on the present state of the Danish university, we acheive an understanding of the university as a creator of a technological ‘world’ in which everything is understood as a ressource ready to be used. Through the perspectives of Sandel and Humboldt we point to this technological world and its resource thinking, as a corruption of our view on humans, knowledge, learning, ethics and the university itself.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 maj 2016
VejledereFinn Guldmann


  • Michael Sandel
  • Heidegger
  • Universitet
  • teknik
  • New public management
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt