My reasoning is simple: As long as there are humans, we will be interested in the questions of who we are, why we’re here, where we’ve come from, and what happens to us after we’re “gone.”
Seeking answers to those questions is the humanities.
I think, therefore I am. The unexamined life is not worth living, you know the drill. I believe that crap and further believe that engaging with the work of others who have struggled over the meaning of life makes my life more meaningful.
Humanities-related academic studies within institutions of higher education, on the other hand, appear to be endangered.
The latest evidence is in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences report showing the relative decline of faculty positions in the humanities. Read more...