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Tower Insider Critiques Decline of the Humanities

In the City Journal Jacob Laksin has this to say about Yale professor Anthony T. Kronman’s Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life:

conservative intellectuals have entertainingly engaged in chronicling [the downfall of the humanities] … Kronman echoes these familiar concerns. The book is notable less for its originality than for its author’s unusual biography. As a professor in Yale’s Directed Studies program and a self-identified political liberal, Kronman has an advantage over the conservative critics whose arguments he revisits here—bien-pensant academics can’t dismiss him as just another “wingnut” wielding his ideological ax against the Ivory Tower.


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