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Lee Trepanier is professor of political science at Saginaw Valley State University.
Introduction: Why the Humanities Matter
Chapter 1: The Third Era of Education
Chapter 2: Is Philosophy Impractical? Yes and No, but that’s Precisely Why We Need It
Kristopher G. Phillips
Chapter 3: Comparative Literature: From "Crossroads" of the Humanities to “Rhizome"
Chapter 4: The Limits of Language as a Liberal Art and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s “Letter to Lord Chandos”
James W. Harrison
Chapter 5: Ancient History’s Contribution to Liberal Education
Chapter 6: The Relevance of Political Philosophy and Political Science
About the Contributors
Essential reading for faculty in these and other disciplines and students deciding on a course of study. It should also be read by policymakers and parents and anyone in need of a crash course on the value of the humanities and liberal arts education.
— Steven J. Michels, Sacred Heart University
In a world of increasing complexity and danger, the need for the humanities has never been greater, and yet liberal arts education is in rapid decline everywhere. This excellent collection of essays is an important contribution to this pressing issue. Instead of regurgitating platitudes about the inherent value of the humanities—that they make students more well-rounded, better communicators, and critical thinkers—the authors attempt to defend the humanities by considering new approaches and formulating ground-breaking arguments. This volume is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of liberal arts education, and looking for fresh ways to articulate the necessity and worth of the humanities.
— Paul Corey, Humber College