Full audio here. (around 5:00 min)
Is it just the humanities? STEM seems to be doing ok, but how is our culture doing relative to others in a global marketplace?
Menand wonders in his new book, why it often can take 9 years for a humanities PhD to get their doctorate. He suggests part of the answer lies in the numbers: fewer opportunities and fewer university programs since 1970. Overtrained and underpaid.
Addition: An emailer points out that all those jobs were directly tied to economic and cultural growth…and now that’s receding?
Related On This Site: Did Martha Nussbaum succeed in addressing a perhaps broader problem? From The Harvard Educational Review-A Review Of Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education.’
Louis Menand At The New Yorker: ‘Live And Learn: Why We Have College’…Repost-From Scientific Blogging: The Humanities Are In Crisis-Science Is Not…From Erranter: ‘Separating The Humanities And Science’…Repost-Revisting Larry Summers: What Did He Say Again?
Philosopher Of Art Denis Dutton of the Arts & Letters Daily argues the arts and Darwin can be sucessfully synthesized: Review of Denis Dutton’s ‘The Art Instinct’
Conservative Briton Roger Scruton suggests keeping political and aesthetic judgments apart in the humanities: Roger Scruton In The American Spectator Via A & L Daily: Farewell To Judgment
How might Nietzsche figure in the discussion, at least with regard to Camille Paglia. See the comments: Repost-Camille Paglia At Arion: Why Break, Blow, Burn Was Successful