Guiding light in death’s shadow

Greats back humanities' role in democratic health and personal consolation. Matthew Reisz writes Scientists and philosophers rallied to the defence of the beleaguered humanities at a panel discussion organised by the British Philosophical Association last week. Speaking at the London School of Economics on Valuing the Humanities, Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund distinguished service professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, said the arguments for the disciplines "should persuade anyone committed to democracy,…