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How a Nineteenth-Century Debate Can Save the Humanities Todayav Eric Adler269
This book analyzes crucial episodes in the history of American higher education in order to discover the best way to rescue the humanities. It urges apologists to stop focusing on the humanistic disciplines as inculcators of poorly defined skills and envisions a globalized approach to education based on humanistic masterworks.
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The American Conservative The Battle of the Classics will be of special interest to students of education who care about the humanities and the classics, but it may also be an eye-opener for general readers who are wondering how it happened that America started abandoning the traditions that shaped its Constitution and liberties. Based on meticulous research, the book... deals in a most enlightening manner with developments in American higher education of large and enduring
importance, and it is lucidly and engagingly written. Adler evinces a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding that is becoming rare in today's academia.
The Classical Outlook [A] well researched and thoughtful book.
History of Humanities Adler's argument acquires a striking originality and almost inescapable force.... Promote[s] the humanistic educational creed in a most constructive and promising way. A distinctive quality of Adler's book is that it demonstrates the crucial importance of knowing the humanities' past in order to vouchsafe their future
The Cambridge Quarterly Highly readable and thoroughly researched.... The Battle of the Classics is a great success.
CHOICE An insightful and valuable contribution to the debate over the educational value of the humanities. Summing Up: Highly recommended.
History of Education Quarterly Adler correctly frames the dilemma that the humanities confront. Humanities professors must defend the specific subject matter that they teach, not just 'skills.' And Adler is also correct that professors should care about character.
Jessica Hooten Wilson, The University Bookman ...the best...
Simon Goldhill, Bryn Mawr Classical Review open[s] fundamental questions for understanding how tradition is constructed, what is at stake in belonging, in changing tradition, in educating into tradition or against a tradition.
J. Kinlaw, The University Bookman Not only is The Battle of the Classics that rara avis published by a university press with the potential to inform and improve popular discourse, it also encourages deeper questions and sparks furtherpotentially fruitfuldebate, some of which has already started online and in print. It begs the reader to think hard about the purpose of education. In an ideal scenario, this book would motivate us to deepen the debate and re-evaluate our
premises. In 2021, educational controversies are front-page news; at the same time, they are matters of significant sessions at any number of professional academic conferences. Adler's invitation to a more substantial conversation (regardless of one's 'side') is obviously timely.
Pavlos Papadopoulos, The University Bookman Adler gives a lucid account of the origins of the humanities, the character of classical studies in particular, classics's central role in early American education, and their interrelated accommodation to and marginalization by the modern German-style research universit...
Eric Adler is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Maryland and the author of Classics, the Culture Wars, and Beyond and Valorizing the Barbarians: Enemy Speeches in Roman Historiography.
Introduction: The Sick Man of Higher Education Chapter 1: Skills Are the New Canon Chapter 2: From the Studia Humanitatis to the Modern Humanities Chapter 3: A College Fetich? Chapter 4: Darwin Meets the Curriculum Chapter 5: Humanism vs. Humanitarianism Chapter 6: Toward a Truly Ecumenical Wisdom