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Higher Education Mediating Institutions and Habit

Elsevier Ltd
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DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.1441
  • Habits
  • Habitualization
  • Higher Education
  • Mediating Institutions
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy


Abstract The aim of this paper is to focus discussion on some philosophical issues that informs discussion of the stabilising dimension of higher education as a mediating institution. Backgrounded habits provide the deep context for developing moral practice and other regarding sentiment in higher education. Understanding higher educational institutions as mediating institutions, as forms of associational life which inculcate habit and the development of mores is an important corrective to the discourse of marketization and neo-liberal reform which otherwise crowds out consideration of the role higher educational institutions play in cultural stabilization and social cohesion. This argument we intend to make in this paper is that the stabilizing and associational function of higher educational institutions is critically important to developing habits and mores which are the key support for a society that can still retain a sense of concern and regard for others.

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