My most recent post at Intellectual Takeout is about the two attacks on the humanities, one from within and one from without. An excerpt:

But Cohen is most concerned with the enemies of the humanities within: those who, in order to stay relevant, try to ape the sciences. This science envy “fuels the drive to render the humanities scientific… through the use of technical jargon, general theories about social texts, and quantitative tools to analyze word choice, sentence structure and other aspects of literature. There are even efforts to measure the imagination using functional magnetic resonance imaging.”

All this, of course, completely misses the point. “We do not submit a sonnet to a mathematician,” said Chesterton, “or a song to a calculating boy.”

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