Previously, I discussed research institutions in general. I claimed that because they valued progress in knowledge more than knowledge, the purpose of research institutions undercuts the value that those institutions have. But this is not the only model for knowledge-seekers. The other model is the academy.
The academy values knowledge for the sake of knowledge. An academy may have libraries, students and teachers, but it will have them precisely because having these things is a part of loving knowledge. The entire organization of an academy is for the purpose of the love of knowledge. An academy does not care about such things as practical value, current societal needs or other sources of intrinsic value.
An academy will treat people differently depending on how they value knowledge. Someone who values knowledge for its own sake will always be treated better than someone who does not. This is true even if the person who values knowledge is a teen and the other person is a professor with a doctorate. In line with these goals, an academy will allow people to work for it only to the extent that their actions promote knowledge. They may do so by doing research, teaching students, organizing knowledge or contemplating the knowledge they have already gained.
The academy will permit students, but their primary goal is knowledge. Students who wish to gain a certificate, get a job or become cultured will be ignored. Only students who wish to learn will have their wishes granted. The primary goal is knowledge. It is for the same reason that political expediency, diplomacy and avoidance of sensitive topics are not likely to occur in such a setting. An academy does not care if everyone is offended as long everyone is offended for the sake of knowledge.
Students will be encouraged to love knowledge above all other things. An academy is a place where the world is changed. It is not a place to learn skills for the world or knowledge for a purpose other than learning. But some students do wish to learn these things. They may wish to become something other than a scholar. In that case, an academy is not the best place for these students. They are best suited for another form of learning.
Teachers are also encouraged to love knowledge above all other things. While teaching is compatible with goal, it is not compatible with teaching all kinds of students. Those students who are not scholars cannot be taught by such teachers. Such teachers may be knowledgeable in their subject areas, but they are not interested in explaining practical applications to students. They are especially uninterested in giving students the ability to find practical applications.