Not For Profit by Martha C. Nussbaum
Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Public Square)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

For a work of 168 pages, Not for Profit is indeed expansive. She touches in some way every part of the humanities, and throws light on all of them.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education.

Historically, the humanities have been central to education because they have been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry in the United States and abroad. We increasingly treat education as though its primary goal were to teach students to be economically productive rather than to think critically and become knowledgeable and empathetic citizens. This shortsighted focus on profitable skills has eroded our ability to criticize authority, reduced our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damaged our competence to deal with complex global problems. And the loss of these basic capacities jeopardizes the health of democracies and the hope of a decent world.

In response to this dire situation, Nussbaum argues that we must resist efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product. Rather, we must work to reconnect education to the humanities in order to give students the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their countries and the world.

Drawing on the stories of troubling--and hopeful--educational developments from around the world, Nussbaum offers a manifesto that should be a rallying cry for anyone who cares about the deepest purposes of education.

 

About Martha C. Nussbaum

See more books from this Author
Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, and holds appointments in the Law School, Philosophy Department, and Divinity School. She is the author of many books, including "Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law".
 
Published March 25, 2012 by Princeton University Press. 184 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Not For Profit
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Robert Fulford on Nov 14 2016

For a work of 168 pages, Not for Profit is indeed expansive. She touches in some way every part of the humanities, and throws light on all of them.

Read Full Review of Not For Profit: Why Democracy... | See more reviews from National Post arts

Reader Rating for Not For Profit
62%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 22 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×