Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 October 2020

272 Pages


ISBN: 9780197518786

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The Battle of the Classics

How a Nineteenth-Century Debate Can Save the Humanities Today

Eric Adler

  • Offers a justification of humanistic education that is decidedly different from those typically advanced by apologists today
  • Criticizes many contemporary defenses of the humanities, demonstrating that many works repeat the mistakes humanists made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Moves beyond the typical Great Books model to advance a globalized approach to the humanities that is intellectually and morally appropriate for the present