Prospect for the Humanities
Hanna H. Gray
CRITICS THROUGHOUT THE academic world mourn what they see as the disintegration of the humanities at the core of a liberal education and fear that the prospects for genuine scholarship have been irreversibly eroded. On the defensive both within and outside the academy, humanists are blamed for the failings of education and for the ills of a culture said to be declining and dissolving. 'They believe that they have lost ground and priority to other fields, feel constrained by the decrease in opportunities in the academic world, and are anxious about the sustenance of humanistic learning and its institutions.
The humanities make up a divided universe, rent by hotly contested differences over their identity and purpose and over the forms of knowledge and of knowing or thinking about knowing that give dignity to humanistic scholarship and education. The sense of crisis in education and of crisis in the humanities go hand