Not for Profit

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-04-12
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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In this short and powerful book, 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 education because they have rightly been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry both in the United States and abroad. Anxiously focused on national economic growth, 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 and empathetic citizens. 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. And the loss of these basic capacities jeopardizes the health of democracies and the hope of a decent world.

In response to this dire situation, Nussbaum argues that we must resist efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product. Rather, we must work to reconnect education to the humanities in order to give students the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their countries and the world.

Drawing on the stories of troubling--and hopeful--educational developments from around the world, Nussbaum offers a manifesto that should be a rallying cry for anyone who cares about the deepest purposes of education.

‘’As a model of public philosophy, Not For Profit is exemplary. . . . There are no pronouncements from on high here, only strong arguments, forcefully made.’’ - Julian Baggini, Philosophers' Magazine

‘’Nussbaum makes a compelling case for the humanities' continuing value and importance.’’ - David A. Bell, Dissent

‘’This is a little book with a big, and important, message. . . . Nussbaum has long demonstrated her courage as a public intellectual, and this book articulates the liberal vision that sustains her.’’ - John A. Scott, Philosophy in Review

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Silent Crisisp. 1
Education for Profit, Education for Democracyp. 13
Educating Citizens: The Moral (and Anti-Moral) Emotionsp. 27
Socratic Pedagogy: The Importance of Argumentp. 47
Citizens of the Worldp. 79
Cultivating Imagination: Literature and the Artsp. 95
Democratic Education on the Ropesp. 121
Notesp. 145
Indexp. 153
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Important textbook. July 6, 2011
This concise and well-written textbook thoroughly debunks two of the main areas of focus in American education. The author provides a brief history of progressive education from the late 18th century up through Dewey and Tagore. An academic textbook that is very readable and important. Overall, the textbook was enlightened, engaging, and informative. I plan to share this title with family and friends.
I got just what I needed before the item was supposed to arrive so and the book itself was in great shape. I am excited every time I get the textbook I need in great shape and before it is supposed to arrive. Thanks ecampus :)
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