City Journal is a new found favorite for me. Yet another excellent article looks at the downfall of the humanities in academia.It takes a look at PC as a major culprit in damaging the image,quality, and purpose of the studies in the field. Perhaps I stretch it a little but I’m not trying to be or represent myself as the smartest person with a computer.
In an earlier era, the humanities were devoted to studying the highest achievements of Western civilization. But beginning in the 1960s, with the ascent of political radicals to positions of academic prominence, the humanities lost their way. Today, they cast aside the classics of literature, philosophy, and history to dote on the often exaggerated contributions of minorities, women, and Third World cultures. Exit Aristotle, enter Amiri Baraka.
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EdBO note: I used the Ask thing WordPress offers. It picked Amiri Baraka. the highlight therof isn’t entirely mine.