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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Confessions of a Middlebrow Professor

W.A. Pannapacker in The Chronicle Review, October 5, 2009 (via Arts & Letters Daily)
We are increasingly ignorant, but we do not know enough to be properly ashamed. If we are determined to get on in life, we believe it will not have anything to do with our ability to reference Machiavelli or Adam Smith at the office Christmas party. The rejection of the Great Books signifies a declining belief in the value of anything without a direct practical application, combined with the triumph of a passive entertainment—as anyone who teaches college students can probably affirm
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--Terrence Berres

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