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From the Humanities to Humanism in an Era of Higher Education Reform
Process: a blog for American History, Org. of American Historians (OAH) (2017)
  • Johann N. Neem
Abstract
We must think hard about the implications of the arguments that we use to defend the humanities—including history—today. Skills are not just transferable, they are also devoted to ends. To what ends are we developing in students the skills of close textual analysis and writing? Why do we want our students to become critical thinkers? Do we connect the ends of these skills to higher purposes, or do we defend them in terms of their return on investment? Does critical thinking require the knowledge offered by the fast fraying disciplines that define(d) the humanities? How can we prevent the liberal arts from becoming the neoliberal arts?
Publication Date
February 28, 2017
Citation Information
Johann N. Neem. "From the Humanities to Humanism in an Era of Higher Education Reform" Process: a blog for American History, Org. of American Historians (OAH) (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/johann_neem/67/