Three Links

Accessible Humanities


L. Rhodes
  1. Tracing the history of the inhumanities — that is, the long tradition of objecting, in principle, to opening the humanities to everyone:

I am interested in a historical exploration of the principles and patterns by which humanists have provided arguments to underpin the twin claims of justified dehumanization and the superfluity of the humanities for the slave, or, in the Japanese case, the inhuman. My premise is that the processes of dehumanization are irrevocably intertwined with the processes of delegitimizing the humanities. And, if humanists themselves have a history of devaluing the humanities and humans, we should not be surprised when others catch on. History of the Humanities

  1. Wendell Barry is one of the few modern American voices that can speak authoritatively on tradition and provincialism, farming and literature. Here he is in his most recent interview:

The integration of the various animals and crops into a relatively small acreage becomes a formal problem that is just as interesting and just as demanding as the arrangement of the parts of a novel. You've got to decide what comes first, and then you work your way to the revelation of what comes last. But the parts also have to be ordered. And if they're ordered properly on a farm, something even more miraculous than most art happens: you have sustainability. New Yorker

  1. In between purportedly solving philosophy and reconsidering the whole of his work in the Tractacus, Wittgenstein wrote a spelling dictionary for his elementary school students. Open Culture