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Why We Need the Humanities

Life Science, Law and the Common Good

Authors: Drakeman, Donald

  • An accessible, well-researched and thorough account of the value and impact of the humanities in the 21st century
  • Wide appeal for students, scholars and general public concerned with humanities and social policy
  • Part of Palgrave Macmillan's Campaign for the Humanities
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About this book

An entrepreneur and educator highlights the surprising influence of humanities scholarship on biomedical research and civil liberties. This spirited defence urges society to support the humanities to obtain continued guidance for public policy decisions, and challenges scholars to consider how best to fulfil their role in serving the common good.

About the authors

Donald Drakeman is Distinguished Research Professor in the Program on Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA, a Fellow in Health Management at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a biotechnology entrepreneur and executive.

Reviews

'Our society's decades-long neglect of humanistic learning has weakened American intellectual life and contributed to the coarsening of our culture. Drakeman's powerful plea in support of the humanities is, therefore, a much needed clarion call. What is more, he charts the path for those who are willing to take up the cause of their revitalization.' Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University, USA

'Startlingly original, Drakeman's book on the practical role of disciplines like history, philosophy, religion, and literature adds sinew and muscle to the concept of the public humanities. This is essential reading for anyone interested in a more dynamic and influential future for the liberal arts.' Robert Weisbuch, Robert Weisbuch and Associates, USA

'Drakeman provides a compelling and refreshing argument for why society, especially in times of economic downturn, ignores funding humanities at its peril. His book should be compulsory reading for all policy-makers concerned about the future of healthcare provision and civil liberties.' Dr Lara Marks, Kings College London, UK

'Few people have the depth and breadth of knowledge to write a book like this. Drakeman's learned background in the humanities, combined with his practical experience of the sciences ensure this pivotal topic is addressed in a vital and engaging manner. His arguments are compelling, and their impact will be lasting.' Dr Ben Hardy, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management, SOAS, University of London, UK


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Ups and Downs of the Humanities

    Drakeman, Donald

    Pages 1-15

  • The Humanities and the Future of the Life Sciences

    Drakeman, Donald

    Pages 16-53

  • The Humanities and the Law

    Drakeman, Donald

    Pages 54-84

  • Toolboxes, Preferences and the Humanities

    Drakeman, Donald

    Pages 85-108

  • The Humanities and the Common Good

    Drakeman, Donald

    Pages 109-117

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49747-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $90.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49745-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $28.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-49746-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why We Need the Humanities
Book Subtitle
Life Science, Law and the Common Good
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49747-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137497475
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49745-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-49746-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 179
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