The Humanist Vocation

David Brooks preaches my religion at the New York Times.

In response, I would remind Mr. Brooks that the disillusionment of humanities professors might stem from the utter barbarity of their employment conditions–if they are employed at all. Success now requires such an instrumentalization of oneself to the job market that it is no surprise that academia is destroying the very conditions that produce humanists. Or, to be more accurate, it is not “academia” that is destroying it, but the cultural and economic context in which academic practice finds itself. Mr. Brooks, I await your article on the indentured servitude on part-time professors, or did I miss that?

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