Barnard Humanities Initiative: Humanistic Scholarship - Why It Matters
What is the place of the study of literature, law, history, philosophy, religion, and the arts in our contemporary society? Why continue to engage in humanistic inquiry, a project that some would argue strains against the dominant impulses of the present age? Anthony Grafton, a leading historian of knowledge production in early modern Europe, offers a trenchant defense of humanistic scholarship and engages with the broader debate about how our society assigns worth and articulates values. Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University.