Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

By Martha C. Nussbaum | Go to book overview

Afterword to the Paperback
Edition: Reflections on the
Future of the Humanities—
at Home and Abroad

Since the publication of Not for Profit in the spring of 2010, I have traveled extensively, both in the United States and abroad, talking about the ideas of the book and current developments in the places I’ve visited. In the United States, I’ve been to liberal arts colleges, large state universities, religious universities, and large private universities. Outside the United States, I’ve spoken about the future of the humanities in Australia, Britain, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, and Spain. The book has already appeared in translation in Spanish, Italian, French, and Dutch, and a total of twelve translations are planned or complete. A lot of media coverage has accompanied these publications, so one can see that the book has struck a chord and helped to galvanize a public conversation.

The first response I have to these experiences is hope and gratitude. I remain deeply worried about the future of the humanities, but I’ve met so many people in all walks of life who care passionately about that future and who are investing great energy in shaping it that I now feel less pessimism. I wrote the book in

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