My friend Jared Bridges recently attended a lecture by Leon Kass entitled “Searching for an Honest Man: Reflections of an Unlicensed Humanist.” Jared provides an excellent summary at True Pravda, and you can read the entire lecture on the National Endowment for the Humanities website.
From Jared’s summary:
Like Harvey Mansfield’s Jefferson lecture two years before, Kass noted that modern science has — to its fault — abdicated the humanities. No longer does medicine look at health, but to emerging technologies. Modern science looks intricately at the parts, but often fails to observe the whole. It can describe what chemical processes take place in the eye for vision to occur, but it cannot explain “seeing.” The humanities are needed for such endeavors — and they are likewise needed when dealing with decisions that involve whole human beings.