Step Up, Lean in Humanities
We Need You Now More than Ever
Kathryn D. Temple – May 20, 2020
In a recent piece in the New Yorker, philosophy professor Agnes Callard argues that the academic humanities, the study of history, literature, and philosophy, are useless in a crisis — except in the sense of demonstrating how important a crisis-free life is. “My own humanistic learning has failed to prove itself,” she says. Humanistic principles have not helped her avoid “numbness and anxiety.” She feels paralyzed, consumed with trivial annoyances, and obsessed with the COVID-19 news cycle.
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