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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 1. March 4, 1953

The Relevance of Philosophy

The Relevance of Philosophy

This was a most stimulating lecture given on the highest plane, too high for many of those there, including your reporter who had barely recovered from the shock of flunking Philosophy I. Professor G. E. Hughes, of Victoria, pointed out that questions such as "How can a graduate use his university training?" involved what he called "the great myth of the university." This idea, propagated by the psychologists, that the value of the university is to be measured by its usefulness to the community was fallacial—and he demonstrated the fallacies After elaborating on the purpose of the university, Professor Hughes concluded that the true university student had his life at university determined not by how he can serve the community but by the search for knowledge.