Suggestions to recover the humanities: Roth

May 16, 2019

"Excessive professionalization" and "overinsularization" are two key culprits in the crisis that currently plagues the humanities, writes Michael S Roth. Citing recent arguments by Mark Bauerlein and Michael Massing, Roth proposes that humanities scholars must rediscover the "momentous" and "adventurous" spirit of humanities research that resonates beyond the ivory tower. The author concludes by turning to John Dewey, who in the early twentieth century implored philosophers to deploy critical thought as a means to "change the trajectory of our societies by ensuring that the achievements we seek become building blocks not just for the few -- that the futures being built embody shared values and ideals." Inside Higher Ed (International)