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The Silent Crisis - Martha C. Nussbaum

Education for profit.
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Valentina Macias

on 18 September 2014

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- XXth century American Philosopher.

- Particular interests in the areas of ancient greek and roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism, and ethics.

- Holds 50 honorary degrees from all around the world and is currently working at the University of Chicago.

- Previously taught at Brown and Harvard Universities.
The Silent Crisis:
term introduced in her notable work "Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities."
Who is Martha Nussbaum?
Our dystopic future without Humanities and Arts.
Death of individuality depicted by Pink Floyd's famous movie/album "The Wall".
Education for profit
Martha C. Nussbaum
The Silent Crisis
No it's not!
Humanities are essential for a balanced education.
It endows in students significant values for their development as human beings.
Such as:
- Ethic behavior.
- Tolerance.
- Well guided morality.
- Aesthetic sense.
- Ontological and
Cosmogonical examination.
- Critical thinking.
- Creativity.
- Cultural awareness.
- Socratic
conversations
(group thinking).
Among many others.
The Tagore Episode
Who was Rabin Dranath Tagore?
He was a prominent and influential Indian poet, short story writer, song composer, novelist, playwright, painter and, most importantly,
a leading innovator in education.
The Conference in India:
Tagore's innovative educational philosophy which created many prosperous citizens in India's successful democracy were scorned in a 2004 conference. His doctrines were found useless in our modern society and hence was replaced with new concepts which focused in profit.
"Education takes a big part in our lives."

Half of our lifespan educating ourselves:
"Education creates us, builds us."
"All our knowledge begins with the
senses
, proceeds then to the
understanding
and ends with
reason
. There is nothing higher than reason". - Immanuel Kant.
Demokratia (Demos: people)
(Kratos: power)
The power of the people
It is a system built upon respect, concern and tolerance. Relaying specially in the ability to see other people as
human beings.

Therefore, without the proper education on humanities and arts how can we acquire this qualities that seem so important to maintain the system?


A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering.
It's all about a simple mathematical equation...
Empirical Sciences + Humanistic Studies = Well informed citizen.

Well informed citizen x Well informed citizens = Successful democracy.
Equation:
Es + Hs = WIC
WIC x WIC = SD
"We are do not denying that science and economics are not crucial for the citizens education."
"We are just displaying the great advantages this two areas of knowledge can bring to our society when
combined
..."
By: Isabel Macias & John Saeel.
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