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Oh, the Humanities! January 9, 2008

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Academically Speaking, Odds and Ends.

Over at the New York Times, Stanley Fish has written a thought-provoking article on the question of what use the humanities have. His answer: none whatsoever! Interestingly, if the article is to be believed — rightly or wrongly — that is not entirely a bad thing.

Even more fascinating are the reader comments in response to the missive. It’s gripping commentary that proves the internet’s worth as a venue for enlightened discourse.

Personally, I feel Archibald Macleish’s Ars Poetica argued the same point as the professor, albeit more succinctly. But that’s just little ol’ liberally educated me.

[Think Again: Will the Humanities Save Us? (Stanley Fish, via the New York Times)]



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