This is a 55-minute video interview with Roger Kimball, an art critic and political commentator. In the interview Kimball shares some of his background; talks about his book Tenured Radicals; speaks about the condition of our higher education which affects all of society; defines terms connected with “the academy” (higher education; and defines terms like: deconstruction, humanist and nihilism.
He says we should care about philosophies of Rome and Greece to understand where we come from.
He considers himself to be a neoconservative as defined by Irving Crystal as “a liberal who has been bugged by reality.”
An excerpt from the YouTube summary:
“The book critiques the ways in which humanities are currently taught and studied in American universities. The book takes the stance that modern humanities have become politicized while seeking to subvert ‘the tradition of high culture embodied in the classics of Western art and thought’. Kimball claims that yesterday’s radical thinker has become today’s tenured professor carrying out ‘ideologically motivated assaults on the intellectual and moral substance of our culture.'”
February 22, 2014
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