Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The End of Philosophy?

From the NY Times:

As money tightens, the humanities may increasingly return to being what they were at the beginning of the last century, when only a minuscule portion of the population attended college: namely, the province of the wealthy.

That may be unfortunate but inevitable, [one theorist] said. The essence of a humanities education — reading the great literary and philosophical works and coming “to grips with the question of what living is for” — may become “a great luxury that many cannot afford.”

By all means; let's entrust the "wealthy few" with that, too. (And hope that some of their hard-won insights will trickle down to the rest of us!)

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