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Not for Profit : Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Paperback) (Martha C. Nussbaum)
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In Not for Profit, 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 study because they have been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, the aims of education have gone disturbingly awry. 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, productive and empathetic individuals. 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. In a new preface, Nussbaum explores the current state of humanistic education around the world and shows why the crisis of the humanities has far from abated. Translated into over twenty languages, Not for Profit draws on the stories of troubling--and hopeful--global educational developments. Nussbaum offers a manifesto that should be a rallying cry for anyone who cares about the deepest purposes of education.