Video: Eric Hayot in Conversation with Paul Saint-Amour about Humanist Reason


[Humanist Reason] is not another anxious apology or resentful jeremiad about the decline of the humanities. This is a confident and liberating gift that shows us how and why to practice humanist reason now.

—Chad Wellmon, coauthor of Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age

In today’s MLA-featured video, Eric Hayot discusses his new book, Humanist Reason: A History. An Argument. A Plan, with Paul Saint-Amour. In addition to explaining how humanist reason differs from scientific reason, Hayot also argues for developing a more aggressive language in defense of the humanities, as well as why humanist knowledge matters.

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