Fall 1952 • Vol. XIV No. 4 NonfictionOctober 1, 1952 |

Humanism at Chicago

The American University works with both hands, and the right hand hardly knows what the left hand is doing. The right hand discharges its obvious duty, directing the strenuous and ever-enlarging courses in the sciences called "social" and "natural," getting the younger generations ready to enter the world of affairs. The left hand directs the "humanities," and that is something different. I do not know if many humanists would care to tell what they mean by the term intellectually, and if they would not we may think the left hand is not so sure what itself is doing. But the humanists at the university can tell at once what they mean by the term professionally. The humanities at the university are simply the studies of English and other literatures. Now American education is such a huge and sprawling affair that it is difficult to know where the central intelligence is located. But there is clearly effective in it somewhere a fixed intention to make large provision for literary studie

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