Why Are the Humanities Disappearing?

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    Conference proceedings may be viewed at http://www.nas.org/articles/Video_global_illusions_bowdoins_post_citizens_and_the_future_of_ame.

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    Sandra Y.L. Korn, “The Doctrine of Academic Freedom: Let’s Give Up on Academic Freedom in Favor of Justice,” Harvard Crimson, February 18, 2014, http://www.thecrimson.com/column/the-red-line/article/2014/2/18/academic-freedom-justice/.

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    The decline of the humanities has long been debated, but the topic underwent an especially intense period of discussion beginning with the June 2013 publication of a special commission report, The Teaching of the Arts and Humanities at Harvard College: Mapping the Future, http://artsandhumanities.fas.harvard.edu/files/humanities/files/mapping_the_future_31_may_2013.pdf. This was followed by the release of another commission report, from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation, http://www.humanitiescommission.org/_pdf/hss_report.pdf. Reactions to this report were often negative. See Peter Wood, “A Wretched Defense of the Humanities,” Minding the Campus, June 23, 2013, http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2013/06/a_wretched_defense_of_the_huma.html; Peter Laarman, “The Humanities Make Life Bearable,” Opinion, Religious Dispatches, July 1, 2013, http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/culture/7163/the_humanities_make_life_bearable/; and Peter Augustine Lawler, “Saving Liberal Education from ‘The Humanities,’” Minding the Campus, July 11, 2013, http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2013/07/saving_liberal_education_from_.html. I have a somewhat fuller account of the 2013 controversies over the humanities in “Defending the Humanities and Heather Mac Donald,” Minding the Campus, January 12, 2014, http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2014/01/defending_the_humanities_and_h.html.

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London, H.I. Why Are the Humanities Disappearing?. Acad. Quest. 27, 219–222 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12129-014-9421-8

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Keywords

  • Western Civilization
  • Academic Freedom
  • Academic Question
  • Oedipus Complex
  • Disciplinary Level