Martha in society but also how they can

Martha Nussbaum has experiences in writing about education
related topics such as liberal education, already publishing a book called
„Cultivating Humanity”. However her inspiration to write her book entitled “Not
for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities” came from a person of the
Spencer Foundation named Mike McPherson but also because of the fact that she
was resident fellow at the foundation.  In addition to this, her association with the
Cambridge school in Weston, Massachusetts helped her by giving her optimism in
what type of education she wanted to defend in her book. ( xii )

                The
title seems to be chosen just in perfect harmony with the subject.  Even though  the arts education is not metioned in it, by
reading the book it will make sense why Nussbaum decided to just place the word
humanities in the title. In adition to this, from my point of view  the 
title is very well chosen because the author can easily catch people’s
attention with it. I also think that if she decided to indeed mention the arts
education in the title, she would not recieve the same attention from the
public because in these days, people are not that interested in arts education.

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The main aim of her book is to show and to make people
understand about the importance of the arts education and humanities in society
but also how they can help people in developing their skills.

In her book entitled „Not for Profit: Why Democracy
Needs the Humanities” , Martha Nussbaum deals with topics regarding education
all over the world but her main focus is on the United States and India, places
that she has better knowledge of.  For
that reason, her main thesis is that by declining the study of the humanities
the world can end up with some „useful profit makers rather than thoughtful
citizens.” (142)

Even though people want to replace the arts education
and humanities with technology or technology education, Nussbaum does not say
that the arts and humanities are neglected by individuals. She mostly thinks that
they are somewhat feared because for example, humanities at the same time with art
can heighten one’s creativity and imagination but as well as his or hers
compassion. And this also makes me think that she wants to make people aware
that a society without

Martha
Nussbaum states that “empirical
studies have by now shown that political liberty, health, and education are all
poorly correlated with growth.” (14)

In
the book, the author mentions that “democracy is built on respect for each
person, and the growth model respects only an aggregate” (24). I think that by
this she is trying to say that democracy and the economic growth are incompatible
to each other.

Later
on in the book, her statement about how empirical studies and other things are
colerrated with growth, takes a radical change. This time, she says that the
humannities “are
essential for the goal of economic growth and the maintenance of a healthy
business culture” ( 112 ). The author begins to contradict herself regarding
her previous statement, fact that can cause a lot of  confusion for her audice and make her look
like she is not sure of what she is trying to express in her book.

However,
throughout the book, her satements begin to lose their strenght and her idea about
the importance of arts education and humanities in society becomes les and less
convincig to the audience.

The
book has a very well made and complex structure, however its context becomes
unclear after a while.  It is devided in
eight chapters, each one of them dealing with a different topic but regarding
the same main subject, which is the arts education and humanities. Each of
theses chapters have a suggestive title as a way to give the reader a small
preview of what to expect from its content. Aditionally this makes the reader’serch
for a certain topic more accessible and easier. 
Furthermore, each chapther is usually provided with two quotes, one from
the point of view of the Americans and the other from the point of view of the
Indians, regarding the same topic.

From
my point of view, not anyone can take part in being the audience of this book.
I think that the the most suitable audience should be formed from people who
are interested in

 

this subject but as
well as principals from schools, highschools and universities and political figures
as well.

In
conclusion, after reading this book written by Martha Nussbaum even though I do
not have any specific knowledge regarding the subject  I think that I still could learn something Despite
the fact that I mentioned before that the most suitale audience should be
people that have knowledge of the topic, I think other people should read it as
well.  Whether or not they are interested
in the subject, at some pont in their life maybe what they have learnt from the
book could come in handy.

Nevertheless, there were a few things that I did not
like a bout the book. First of all, it contained too much information for my
licking. But that is not a bad thing at all. It shows that the author wanted to
speak in detail about this subject. Although the author has practice in writing
books, as I mentioned before at one point in the book she begins to contradict
her own statements, which was a bit confusing for me personally.  And second of all, the fact that there does
not seem to be a clear explanation as how to how save arts education and
humanities

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