I’ve written an essay, published today at History News Network, about the problems with most defenses of the humanities. It’s not that our critics believe the humanities don’t matter, I argue; it’s that they think there’s no new knowledge to be created by modern humanities scholars. Convincing non-academics of the value of humanities professors requires convincing them of the value of research and writing. Thanks to Rick Shenkman for publishing this piece. Click here to read the essay.
We have misunderstood our critics. They in turn misunderstand us.