Higher Education in a Context of Postmodernity: Understanding and Reconciliation

  • Luis Guillermo Barrantes Montero Universidad Nacional
Keywords: Postmodernism, higher education, relativism, freedom of speech


This paper aims at promoting reflection and awareness about the need of a closer understanding among professors, authorities and university students on how higher education (purpose and goals) is perceived today. The study compares the Modernist and Postmodern perspectives of society and education, in order to identify the main points of divergence, as well as the possible ways of consensus. As a conclusion, new spaces are proposed to find intersubjectivity agreements, as a way to achieve the objective stated.

Author Biography

Luis Guillermo Barrantes Montero, Universidad Nacional
Profesor propietario en la Escuela de Literatura y Ciencias del Lenguaje de la Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica.


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How to Cite
Barrantes Montero, L. (2011). Higher Education in a Context of Postmodernity: Understanding and Reconciliation. Revista Electrónica Educare, 15(1), 3-13. Retrieved from https://www.revistas.una.ac.cr/index.php/EDUCARE/article/view/866
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