Tuesday, November 09, 2010

A new defense of the humanities and social sciences

The Times Higher reports here that Iran has "now banned the formation of new universities in the humanities and social sciences." The argument is that such subjects lead to "the dissemination of doubt in the foundations of religious teachings."

Why the humanities and social sciences? Because they help foster a reflective and active citizenry which helps guard against such authoritarianism.

We might want to reflect on this lesson when considering how to manage cuts in the public sector....

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