on 22 July 2015
Professor Martha Nussbaum's superb book 'Not for Profit' should be read by all politicians, as well as by those of us in the Education field - it is a much needed reminder that we need to Educate whole people if we want democracy to flourish, and, to that end, the Arts and Philosophy are essential, not simply 'frills'.
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on 13 August 2010
Nussbaum's book is in a way similar to well-known Liesmann's "Theorie der Unbildung: Die Irrtümer der Wissensgesellschaft". "Not for Profit" criticises the instrumental-only approach to education (and humanities especially) in contemporary society. Nussbaum offers a lot of examples and case studies, however, the book could be more persuasive if she added a serious interpretation of reasons for the unfortunate state the humanities are in and if she offered better argumentation concerning the content of humanities (and generally education and/or university). The book is easy to read and I had an impression that rather than a vigorous academic study it is rather a political statement or a pamphlet (in the good sense of the word, literary genre used by Milton and many others). Many points are taken from her previous longer study "Cultivating Humanity:. If you would like to read a longer critique of contemporary approaches to education from a rather conservative standpoint, which has the same goal as Nussbaum but is in opposition to her book concerning the line of argument, go for Furedi's "Wasted: Why Education isn't Educating".
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on 2 January 2013
Nussbaum raises some valid questions and backs them up with good arguments. It is interesting to read the comparison between Indian educational situation and that in the United States. The books intention is to wake thoughts, and as such it is good, but the questions are left hanging and I wish there was a pointer to some interactive forum where the discussions were able to go on.