Save the Humanities so We Can Think Better
Some are questioning the value of the humanities in today’s economic markets. They may be asking: “How does knowledge of history, religion, art, philosophy and literature add value to a person’s resume and life?”
History Professor Emeritus Barry Keenan takes on this query in an opinion, titled “Save the humanities so we can think better,” recently published on the History News Network.
Keenan notes: “A discipline such as history begins from the insightful epistemological premise that all events are unique. One’s judgment in analyzing the specific circumstances of an event are precisely what allows a liberally trained student to build a valid interpretation of change over time.”
“They learn to do this while avoiding injudicious choice of evidence, poor organization of relevant data, or the facile application of inappropriate theory or personal bias. History is exacting in the analysis of any particular revolution, based on evidence specific to its circumstances; and history avoids the building of theories about all revolutions.”