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Intercollegiate Review Archive

Volume 2, Number 4
January-February 1966


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  • Thoughts On the International Monetary System
    Wilson E. Schmidt
  • Were They Radicals or Intellectuals?
    Eliseo Vivas


All branches of knowledge are connected together, because the subject matter of knowledge is intimately united in itself, as being the acts and the work of the creator. Hence it is that the sciences, into which our knowledge may be said to cast, have multiplied bearings one on another, an internal sympathy, and admit, or rather demand, comparison and adjustment. They complete, correct, balance each other. This consideration, if well founded, must be taken into account, not only as regards the attainment of truth, which is their common end, but as regards the influence which they exercise upon those whose education consists in the study of them…. To give undue prominence to one is to be unjust to another; to neglect or supersede these is to divert those from their proper object. It is to unsettle the boundary lines between science and science, to disturb their action, to destroy the harmony which binds them together. Such a proceeding will have a corresponding effect when introduced into a place of education. There is no science but tells a different tale, when viewed as a portion of a whole, from what it is likely to suggest when taken by itself, without the safeguard… of others.
The Idea of a University
John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

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