“Now, from first to last education, in the large sense of the word, has been my line.”
J. H. Newman, 1863
Newman’s philosophy of education, espousing a broadly liberal as opposed to a narrowly professional education, has turned out to be one of his most enduring legacies, first handed down to Ireland and then to the world.
The Idea of a University, whose first part was originally delivered by Newman in Dublin in 1852 as ‘Discourses on University Education’, is today a world classic. The complete work may be claimed as the central piece of Newman's Dublin writings. Its arguments regarding the role played by the university in enabling the intellect to grasp the various branches of knowledge holistically, and in creating a personal philosophy, are highly relevant today.