Title: The Value of the Humanities
Author: Helen Small
Hardback: ISBN:978-0-19-968386-4, £20.00
Imprint: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
“The Value of the Humanities provides a critical account of the principal arguments used to defend the value of the Humanities… Unlike many works in this field, The Value of the Humanities is not a polemic or a manifesto. Its purpose is to explore the grounds for each argument, and to test its validity for the present day. Tough-minded, alert to changing historical conditions for argument and changing styles of rhetoric, it promises to sharpen the terms of the public debate.”
- Offers a clear and new taxonomic account of arguments for the defence of the Humanities, and their contribution to the public good
- A new critical work providing clarification of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major claims for the Humanities
- Explains the grounds for arguing that the Humanities make a contribution to happiness
- Assesses the pros and cons of the argument that the Humanties benefit democracy
- Clearly and critically examines the argument of the value of the Humanities ‘for its own sake’
“Highly intelligent” – Barton Swain, Wall Street Journal
“a lucid summary of the case for the humanities that avoids the victim complex that is the bane of such discussions.” – David Willetts, The Times Higher Education Supplement
“Helen Small does a good job cheerleading for [the Humanities].” – Northern Echo
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.