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Johan Östling

sociological functional analysis. In line with the pace of increasing scientific specialisation, he saw a need for a division of the university’s functions; but as an institution it had instead amassed even more functions. There was now considerable discrepancy between the idea of the university and the tasks that it actually performed. The various sectors developed their own goals, which were never merged into a common, coherent ideal for the university.51 When Schelsky himself endeavoured to formulate a vision for the contemporary university, he found inspiration in the

in Humboldt and the modern German university
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Johan Östling

, ‘Bolognaprocessen ett ramverk att fylla’, Svenska Dagbladet, 16 May 2007 and Ash, ‘Humboldt the Undead’, p. 89. 218 Humboldt and the modern German university shaped Humboldt. This was precisely the reason why he could keep an ironic distance to the many genuflections and bows before the Prussian educational reformer. This did not prevent him from personally dealing with the Humboldtian tradition in his analysis of what was wrong with the contemporary university. Hörisch argued that something wholly fundamental in the classic German research university had been lost: students

in Humboldt and the modern German university