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Discoveries: 'Not for Profit: Why Democracies Need the Humanities' by Martha C. Nussbaum
Discoveries: 'Not for Profit: Why Democracies Need the Humanities' by Martha C. Nussbaum

Not for ProfitWhy Democracy Needs the HumanitiesMartha C. NussbaumPrinceton University Press: 158 pp., $22.95Martha C. Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, is one of the fiercest mythbusters in American academia. When Nussbaum trains her eye on a truism, a falsehood, it melts. In "Not for Profit," Nussbaum insists that the goal of a liberal arts education is not to make money. Education is not a "tool of the gross national product." The humanities exist first and foremost to help students become better citizens in a democracy. Schools must stop "teaching to the test" and "neglecting the activities that enliven children's minds and make them see a...

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