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C r e s c a t s c i e n t i a , v i t a e x c o l a t u r .
Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.
Vern is a grateful alumnus of the University of Chicago and its Divinity School
and credits it for supporting interdisciplinary approaches to learning
and the unfettered and respectful exchange of ideas.
|To listen and understand; to question and disagree;
to treat no proposition as sacred and no objection as impious; to be willing
to entertain unpopular ideas and cultivate the habits of an open mind —
this is what I was encouraged to do by my teachers at the
University of Chicago.
It’s what used to be called a liberal education.
The University of Chicago showed us something else: that every great idea is really just a spectacular disagreement with some other great idea.
Socrates quarrels with Homer. Aristotle quarrels with Plato. Locke quarrels with Hobbes and Rousseau quarrels with them both. Nietzsche quarrels with everyone. Wittgenstein quarrels with himself.
These quarrels are never personal. Nor are they particularly political, at least in the ordinary sense of politics. Sometimes they take place over the distance of decades, even centuries.
Most importantly, they are never based on a misunderstanding. On the contrary, the disagreements arise from perfect comprehension; from having chewed over the ideas of your intellectual opponent so thoroughly that you can properly spit them out.
In other words, to disagree well you must first understand well. You have to read deeply, listen carefully, watch closely. You need to grant your adversary moral respect; give him the intellectual benefit of doubt; have sympathy for his motives and participate empathically with his line of reasoning. And you need to allow for the possibility that you might yet be persuaded of what he has to say.
" . . . about my college, the University of Chicago. They say that Chicago is a Baptist school where atheist professors teach Jewish students St. Thomas Aquinas. That’s your Interfaith America right there." -- David Brooks
UChicago is widely regarded as the most diffcult
and demanding of American private universities.
The University of Chicago's unofficial motto is "the place where fun comes to die."
Or to put it more simply: "That's all well and good in practice . . . but how does it work in theory?"
The ["Reg" Library] holds ~4.5 million volumes, including everything from 5th Century manuscripts to that obscure academic book that was cited in a paper that was cited in a book that was cited in a paper that was cited in a book that your thesis advisor suggested you read this one chapter from.
What is graffiti at a UChicago restroom stall like? Here's a sample: "The statement on the other side of this stall is false." To which another scribe added: "The statement on the other side of this stall is 'The statement on the other side of this stall is false' is actually true."
Q. How common is sex among UChicago students?
Q. Where in the library is the safest place to have
sex, least likely to be discovered?
Statistics and Economics buttons include "Standard deviant," "Enjoys random walks," "What's your production function?" and "I have rational expectations."