Monday, August 30, 2021

What Are the Classics For?

'Some on the left are turning against them. Some on the right are oversimplifying them. How should we think about—and learn from—great classical works of literature and philosophy?'

Alexandra Hudson at The Bulwark.

"[Eric] Adler, a classics professor at the University of Maryland, wrote his book [The Battle of the Classics] after observing the failures of modern justifications for studying the humanities. Too often, he notes, these defenses are 'skills-based' and appeal to the 'mental discipline' produced by studying classical languages, offering bland claims that studying the Great Books fosters 'critical thinking.'"

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