Humanities

It's the End of the Humanities as We Know It
And I feel fine
June 13, 2014

A sense of crisis, ongoing paranoia—this is just part of what it means to be a humanist. 

Technology Is Taking Over English Departments
The false promise of the digital humanities
May 02, 2014

Humanists should critique the digital humanities, not embrace it, unless they want to sell their birthright for a mess of apps. 

Science vs. the Humanities, Round III
September 26, 2013

Steven Pinker:In his commentary on my essay “Science is Not your Enemy,” Leon Wieseltier writes, “It is not for science to say whether science belongs in morality and politics and art.”  I reply: It is not for Leon Wieseltier to say where science bel

The Real Humanities Crisis Is Happening at Public Universities
September 06, 2013

You’ve probably heard several times already that the humanities are in “crisis.” The crisis is real.

New Evidence: There is No Science-Education Crisis
September 05, 2013

It’s common knowledge that the United States is miles behind other developed countries in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, and that our economy suffers from, as Bill Gates has put it, “a severe shortfall of scientists and

Crimes Against Humanities
Now science wants to invade the liberal arts. Don't let it happen.
September 03, 2013

Science goes where it doesn’t belong.

The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities
August 20, 2013

What can we do to make the case for the humanities? Unlike the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), they do not—on the surface—contribute to the national defense.

No, Science Doesn't Have All the Answers
August 07, 2013

Kibbitzing with Leon Wieseltier on scientism, threats to the humanities, and the highbrow/lowbrow wars.

Science Is Not Your Enemy
An impassioned plea to neglected novelists, embattled professors, and tenure-less historians
August 06, 2013

A plea for an intellectual truce.