Monday, April 07, 2008

What's next... Art History?

School of Athens by Raphael
Score one for the humanities majors! The NYT story In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined reports there is still hope yet for future generations. Here's a clip:

Once scoffed at as a luxury major, philosophy is being embraced at Rutgers and other universities by a new generation of college students who are drawing modern-day lessons from the age-old discipline as they try to make sense of their world, from the morality of the war in Iraq to the latest political scandal. The economic downturn has done little, if anything, to dampen this enthusiasm among students, who say that what they learn in class can translate into practical skills and careers. On many campuses, debate over modern issues like war and technology is emphasized over the study of classic ancient texts.

The School of Athens by Raphael, pictured above, was the original toga party where they sat around drinking wine and discussing philosophy. Okay, maybe not. True facts about philosophy are a click away at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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