Today in and I write about why the “crisis of the humanities” won’t be solved within the cloisters of academia alone. To live up to the mission of the humanities we must recover our trust in the public’s capacity to think.
The Degree You Got In Philosophy? It’s More Important Than Ever.
"it is striking how many of Bloom’s liberal critics, even as they profess their faith in the university’s democratic function, simultaneously reinforce his vision of an ignorant and benighted populace looming outside the campus gates." 🔥🔥🔥🔥
"What did professors expect to happen when they informed those students that the texts humanists had pored over for millenniums were nothing more than vectors of ideology and oppression?"
Implausible premises. The humanities never stopped asking "the fundamental questions," and added more. As for contempt for the masses, it is far more advanced among other elites, from what I've seen.
“The health of the humanities should be measured... by whether our society provides ample opportunities for its citizens to ask the fundamental questions about the good life and the just society.” ⁩ & ⁦⁩ think about thinking
"What did professors expect to happen when they informed those students that the texts humanists had pored over for millenniums were nothing more than vectors of ideology and oppression?"
Part of the implicit mission of is to resurrect the humanities.
“Expanding the reach of humanistic education, however, means more than broadening the media channels by which we transmit scholarly insights. It also means putting more thought into creating opportunities for humanistic reflection in our everyday lives.”
Reopen the American Mind
Those who truly care about the future of the humanities, as opposed to the viability of certain career paths, might begin by seeing such public-facing pursuits as central, rather than ancillary, to their mission
How to Reopen the American Mind