Cultivating Humanity

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - 328 pages
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How can higher education today create a community of critical thinkers and searchers for truth that transcends the boundaries of class, gender, and nation? Martha C. Nussbaum, philosopher and classicist, argues that contemporary curricular reform is already producing such “citizens of the world” in its advocacy of diverse forms of cross-cultural studies. Her vigorous defense of “the new education” is rooted in Seneca’s ideal of the citizen who scrutinizes tradition critically and who respects the ability to reason wherever it is found—in rich or poor, native or foreigner, female or male. Drawing on Socrates and the Stoics, Nussbaum establishes three core values of liberal education: critical self-examination, the ideal of the world citizen, and the development of the narrative imagination. Then, taking us into classrooms and campuses across the nation, including prominent research universities, small independent colleges, and religious institutions, she shows how these values are (and in some instances are not) being embodied in particular courses. She defends such burgeoning subject areas as gender, minority, and gay studies against charges of moral relativism and low standards, and underscores their dynamic and fundamental contribution to critical reasoning and world citizenship. For Nussbaum, liberal education is alive and well on American campuses in the late twentieth century. It is not only viable, promising, and constructive, but it is essential to a democratic society. Taking up the challenge of conservative critics of academe, she argues persuasively that sustained reform in the aim and content of liberal education is the most vital and invigorating force in higher education today.
  

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Review: Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education

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There is a debate in the humanities about the relevance of the western cannon. Neo-conservatives think it is important for the west to have its own distinct identity which is cultivated by the ... Read full review

Review: Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education

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This book is largely a defense of the western tradition of faculty-centric education in the model of Socratic force of personality. Students in humanistic disciplines (her primary focus) can a) be ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION The Old Education and the ThinkAcademy
1
CHAPTER ONE Socratic SelfExamination
15
CHAPTER TWO Citizens of the World
50
CHAPTER THREE The Narrative Imagination
85
CHAPTER FOUR The Study of NonWestern Cultures
113
CHAPTER FIVE AfricanAmerican Studies
148
CHAPTER SIX Womens Studies
186
CHAPTER SEVEN The Study of Human Sexuality
222
CHAPTER EIGHT Socrates in the Religious University
257
CONCLUSION The New Liberal Education
293
Notes
305
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Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

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