(Another) Defense of the Humanities

HUMAN AFTER ALL: "Are we so certain that everything that matters in planning our future can be quantified?" asks Benjamin Winterhalter in his Atlantic piece, "The Morbid Fascination with the Death of the Humanities." From the presses to the Oval Office, "the faint reverberations of distant pianists playing the Marche funèbre of the humanities can be heard everywhere," he writes. At a time when people increasingly focus on "practical" educational outcomes like jobs, Winterhalther ardently defends the liberal arts. "It is painfully short-sighted to decide the value of art or literature or history solely in terms of today’s economic needs," he states.

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