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Not for profit : why democracy needs the humanities

Author: Martha Craven Nussbaum
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016. ©2010
Series: Public square (Princeton, N.J.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New paperback editionView all editions and formats
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In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. Historically, the humanities have been central to education because they have been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry in the United  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Craven Nussbaum
ISBN: 069117332X 9780691173320
OCLC Number: 947074694
Description: xxvi, 168 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The Silent Crisis --
Education for Profit, Education for Democracy --
Educating Citizens : The Moral (and Anti-Moral) Emotions --
Socratic Pedagogy : The Importance of Argument --
Citizens of the World --
Cultivating Imagination : Literature and the Arts --
Democratic Education on the Ropes --
Afterword to the Paperback edition : Reflections an the Future of the Humanities - at Home and Abroad.
Series Title: Public square (Princeton, N.J.)
Responsibility: Martha C. Nussbaum ; with a new preface by the author.

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In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. Historically, the humanities have been central to education because they have been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry in the United States and abroad. We increasingly treat education as though its primary goal were to teach students to be economically productive rather than to think critically and become knowledgeable, productive, and empathetic individuals. This shortsighted focus on profitable skills has eroded our ability to criticize authority, reduced our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damaged our competence to deal with complex global problems. And the loss of these basic capacities jeopardizes the health of democracies and the hope of a decent world. In response to this dire situation, Nussbaum argues that we must resist efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product. Rather, we must work to reconnect education to the humanities in order to give students the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their countries and the world. Drawing on the stories of troubling--and hopeful--educational developments from around the world, Nussbaum offers a manifesto that should be a rallying cry for anyone who cares about the deepest purposes of education.

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"Nussbaum makes a persuasive case."--New Yorker "Nussbaum ... brings to this perennial [education] debate an impassioned urgency ... and broad erudition... Nussbaum's defense of this worthy cause is Read more...

 
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