Roundtable on Martha Nussbaum’s Not for Profit: Why Democray Needs the Humanities

by John Sides on June 7, 2011 · 1 comment

in Academia,Political Theory

Find it here at the Association for Political Theory Virtual Reading Group.  The first post, from John Seery, is up.  Here is one quote:

…the book, too often, bores me.  I read certain passages, they sound like buzzwordy boilerplate, they sound like declaimed mini-lectures, they sound like cut-and-paste clip-jobs from longer Nussbaum tomes, they sound like academic blah blah blah (with citations), and my eyes gloss over. I want to be moved. I want to be inflamed. I want to be inspired. I want others to be inspired. I don’t think this book will do the trick. That saddens me.

[Hat tip to Melissa Schwartzberg]

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Farnam Street June 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I’m in the process of reading Laura Penny’s excellent book “More money than brains“, also on the value of the humanities. Penny seems to make a much more compelling case than Nussbaum’s book.

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