The Economic Logic of the Humanities

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Jon Krause for The Chronicle Review

The end of the arts and letters in America is nigh, or so we’ve been told. Harvard University, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and countless op-ed writers and conference panelists have stepped forward to issue a familiar defense of the power of the humanities to transform the world, to broaden the souls of students, to make them creative, critical thinkers, and, as Condoleezza Rice put it, to preserve the American "sense of us."

All well