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11/28/2015

New Book by Donald Drakeman: Why We Need the Humanities
Michael Ramsey

Recently published, a new book by Donald Drakeman: Why We Need the Humanities: Life Science, Law and the Common Good (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).  Here is the book description:

This lively book explains why we need the humanities. It shows how society has long relied on humanities scholarship to address important public policy issues. Donald Drakeman, an entrepreneur and educator, builds a compelling case for the practical importance of the humanities in helping governments make decisions about controversial issues affecting our lives in fields as diverse as healthcare and civil liberties.

The author adds:

I wanted to let you (and your readers) know that, perhaps despite its title, my new book has a great deal to do with originalism.

My argument for the importance of the humanities centers on how scholarship has influenced the decisions of the Supreme Court and other unelected governmental entities where a small group holds impressively concentrated political power.  As you can imagine, my discussion of historical and methodological issues in constitutional interpretation -- and originalism in particular -- occupies all of one chapter and quite a bit of another in which I argue for greater intellectual diversity in humanities scholarship