In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, Anthony T. Kronman, author of Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life, discussed higher education's movement away from from the most important questions in life.
Read the entire interview.
Kronman's book makes a passionate plea to revive the humanities’ lost tradition of preparing young people to address life’s most important question, what living is for. Kronman explores how political correctness and the research ideal have led the humanities astray, and he argues that the study of life’s meaning is an essential component in higher education.
Here's what others have said about Education's End:
- President Emeritus of Williams College Francis Oakley says, "Kronman unfolds here a sustained argument marked by subtlety, force, nuance, and considerable appeal."
- A "bold and provocative book" written with "eloquence and passion," says Michael J. Sandel, author of The Case against Perfection and Public Philosophy.
- "A brilliant, sustained argument that is as forthright, bold, and passionately felt as it is ideologically unclassifiable and original.," says Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World: Power Nonviolence and the Will of the People. He goes on to say that "although Kronman’s specific area of concern is higher education, his argument will reach far beyond campus walls."
- Alvin Kernan, author of In Plato's Cave, applauds Kronman for his "carefully reasoned position of what happened, why it did, and what needs and can be done about it."