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Thorstein Veblen, Higher Learning in America, Chap 2In the working theory of the modern civilized community, –that is to say in the current common-sense apprehension ofwhat is right and good, as it works out in the long run, – theuniversity is a corporation of learning, disinterested anddispassionate. To its keeping is entrusted the community’sjoint interest in esoteric knowledge. It is given over to thesingle-minded pursuit of science and scholarship, withoutafterthought and without a view to interests subsidiary orextraneous to the higher learning. It is, indeed, the one greatinstitution of modern times that works to no ulterior end andis controlled by no consideration of expediency beyond itsown work. Typically, normally, in point of popular theory, theuniversity is moved by no consideration other than ”theincrease and diﬀusion of knowledge among men.” This is sobecause this proﬁtless quest of knowledge has come to bethe highest and ulterior aim of modern culture.