Academic Questions

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 494–500 | Cite as

A Renaissance for the Humanities

  • Milton EzratiEmail author

There was a time when people widely believed that the study of Latin and ancient Greek grammar would improve character. People over the years came, not unreasonably, to harbor a certain skepticism about such claims. More recently, their doubts have gone a step further and they now question the value of most subjects that grew out of this language study and of the humanities generally. Interest in the whole area, from Greek and Latin, to the classics, to history, to all kinds of literature, has ebbed markedly. The wheel, however, may soon turn back toward some of them, if not to Greek and Latin specifically. Our modern culture has begun to present good reason to take a renewed interest in ancient cultures and the humanities, ironically as a consequence of the waning faith in a loving Christian God.

Western enthusiasm for what people call the humanities first emerged in the fourteenth century. The poet Francesco Petrarch might have a claim as founder. He and his fellows worried over what...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Human CapitalUniversity at Buffalo (SUNY)BuffaloUSA

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