Professors of Humanities Less Valuable In a Corporate University?

Stanley Fish, The Last Professor, New York Times Blog 10pm, Jan. 18, 2009.

Frank Donoghue in a new book, The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities, that humanist inquiry for its own sake is already a thing of the past.  He predicts that humanists…will become an insignificant percentage of the country’s university instructional workforce.  He postulates that an ethic of productivity and efficiency has already won the day where the workforce configured by a business model scorns the life of the mind.  John Sperling founder of a group that developed Phoenix University online, says”coming here is not a rite of passage.” We are not trying to develop value systems or go in for that ‘expand their minds’ nonsense.  Donhogue concludes that philosophy, art history and literature face the constant danger of being deemed unnecessary and as a result, professors will be seen as unaffordable anomalies.

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