Thursday, September 20, 2007

Why Phi

In a shift of historic importance, America's colleges and universities have largely abandoned the idea that life's most important question is an appropriate subject for the classroom. In doing so, they have betrayed their students by depriving them of the chance to explore it in an organized way, before they are caught up in their careers and preoccupied with the urgent business of living itself. This abandonment has also helped create a society in which deeper questions of values are left in the hands of those motivated by religious conviction - a disturbing and dangerous development.
Anthony Kronman continues in Why are we here? (16/9/2007, The Boston Globe), which you can read via the post that brought it to my attention: Why Do We Need the Humanities? (18/9/2007, The Frontal Cortex), which ends thus:
Keats realized that just because something can't be solved, or reduced into the laws of physics, doesn't mean it isn't real. Some mysteries will always persist,even in this age of science. That's why we need the humanities.

(Over in Britain, there's no historic shift in Oxbridge admissions; other recent finds were some cute bees asphyxiating a predatory hornet on YouTube, explained at Neurophilosophy and Not Exactly Rocket Science, the ever-weird Margaret Thatcher illusion, explained at Mixing Memory, some thoughts on what Sets might be, some problems with AC, some funny illogic and, to see how pretty one's fictional soul can be, meet one's 'daemon' here:)

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