A Higher Education

Can the Humanities Survive?

Reading Anthony Kronman’s Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life (Yale University Press, $17, 320 pp.) reminded me of some advice I once got from a colleague. We were discussing a candidate for a position in the English Department who touted his own work as “revisionist.” “Keep in mind,” my colleague said, “if it’s new, it’s...

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About the Author

Andrew Delbanco is Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he has taught in the Core Curriculum and is currently director of American Studies. His most recent book is Melville: His World and Work (Alfred A. Knopf).