Humanities in Dispute

The Humanities in Dispute: A Dialogue in Letters (Hardback)

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Humanities in Dispute
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

Disturbed by acrimonious arguments about the value of humanistic education, the authors-former colleagues and university-press board members-embarked on an ambitious project to reexamine a number of major literary and philosophical works dealing with the liberal arts and education. With their discussions ranging from Plat to Rousseau, from Cicero to Vico, from Erasmus to Matthew Arnold, Sousa and Weinsheimer offer not a history of education philosophy but an examination of the present. They read these astonishingly diverse works with one question foremost: "Do our predecessors' reflections offer anything better in defense of humanities education than modern platitudes about broadening one's horizons?"

About the Author(s):

Ronald W. Sousa

Ronald W. Sousa is Professor of Portuguese, Spanish and comparative literature, and Head of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  He has authored or edited several books on Portuguese literature and literary criticism and has also published a number of translations from Portuguese.

Joel Weinsheimer is Professor of English at the University of Minnesota and Director of Writing and English Undergraduate Studies. He has written a number of books on eighteenth-century British literature, literary theory, and philosophical hermeneutics, and has translated works by Hans-Georg Gadamer, among others.