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Lovely. Stirring.
But doesn't the academy originate as a philosophical enterprise - back when philosophy was more concerned with the good than with the gods?



By "academy" I really meant "university." What (little) I've learned seems to indicate that the forerunner of the modern university had its roots in (among other things) 12th century cathedral schools, which then gave birth to the University of Paris.

Universities much older,however -- or something resembling universities -- were found in the Middle East and in Turkey as far back as 425 CE.

Philosophy, of course, was around even before that. Plato's Academy was really **the** "true ancestor" of the university, and that was around 387 B.C.

So you're right.

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