Tough Love for the Humanities

Serena Golden, Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2009.


Kass argued that it is the job of the humanities to address “questions of ultimate concern: the character and source of the cosmic whole and the place and work of the human being within it.” Unfortunately, the modern “direction of humanistic learning” has “culminat[ed] in a cynical tendency to disparage the great ideas and to deconstruct the great works that we have inherited from ages past….”

This trend, Kass said, is not only antithetical to the proper mission of the humanities, but unfair to college students, most of whom “are in fact looking for a meaningful life or listening for a summons.”

Inside Higher Ed