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Academic Culture

Traditions and the Present Days


Zbigniew Drozdowicz

The author of this book formulates a general thesis that in the academic culture, since the emergence of the first universities until this very day, two types of that culture have competed with each other, i.e., a corporate and templar one. In his remarks, the author tries to highlight it through the presentation of:

1. The functioning of academia in different time periods, 2. The beliefs of scholars, 3. The ways scholarly achievements have been evaluated, 4. The legal acts for science and academia. A considerable part of this study is devoted to the analysis of the Polish academic culture, including the attempts of adjusting the existing standards of conducting research and educating students to the ones prevailing in the leading Western countries.

Zbigniew Drozdowicz is a philosopher and researcher of religion. He graduated in history from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Since 1973, he has worked as an academic teacher and researcher at that university. Currently, he is professor in humanities at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznañ. He specialises in contemporary philosophy and philosophy of religion.