Dan Blatt ’85 offers his commentary on the subject of our CGCL IV, Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life, the book by former Yale Law dean Anthony Kronman ’68. Dan also notices the Eph connection:

When I received the book, I was delighted to discover that, like yours truly, Kronman is a graduate of America’s finest liberal arts college. [Dan would have known this already from more frequent reading of EphBlog or the ‘Williams College People’ wikipedia article to which DK and I heavily contributed. – L] While an undergraduate he too had a professor who led animated discussions where they considered important questions about life. But, as he pursued his own career in academia, as a professor and dean at Yale Law School, he found the question of life’s meaning

exiled from the humanities, first as a result of the growing authority of the modern research ideal and then on account of the culture of political correctness that has undermined the legitimacy of the question itself and the authority of humanity’s teachers to ask it. I have felt puzzlement and anger at the easy sweeping aside of values that seem to me so obvious and important. And watching these developments, I have been moved to wonder about their causes and consequences and the likelihood of a cure.

In his book, he explores just that. And I found myself nodding my head in agreement with many of his observations. While coming from a different political background than I (he had volunteered for the left-wing Students for a Democratic Society in college; I had served as state president of the College Republicans), he had reached the same conclusion about the state of the humanities in colleges and universities as had I.

Proof that the humanities can serve to bring together people with different political views, even different backgrounds as they remind us of our common humanity.

Alas, Dan scooped the CGCL! Of course, as with any member of the Williams Community, Dan is more than welcome to participate in a more specific discussion of a part of Dean Kronman’s book.

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