weigh-in on the fate of the humanities. Contributors include David Hollinger and Annette Gordon-Reed.
Here is a taste of Hollinger's post:
Today’s many calls for “partnerships” between humanistic, natural
scientific and social scientific programs with “real-world” professional
schools can yield splendidly creative results. But such partnerships
can instead become devices for the diminution of the independence of the
liberal arts and the de facto neutralization of their ability to bring
under critical scrutiny the practices and ideologies that operate in the
professions and in society at large.
A key mistake in much of this debate is the separation out of the
humanities from the natural sciences and social sciences, ignoring the
common foundation of all of modern academia in the great Enlightenment
challenge of Immanuel Kant to “have the courage to use the power of
one’s understanding,” to “dare to know.” We ignore at our peril the
curricular and research contributions of scholars and scientists who
recognize no client but the truth.