May 23, 2013
David Brooks to Teach ‘Humility’
Posted on Dec 29, 2012
Students at Yale now have the opportunity to take a class titled “Humility” from New York Times columnist and “notorious diploma-sniffing aristocrat-apologist douchebag” David Brooks, writes Matt Taibbi.
According to the class description, published at New York magazine’s website, the course will follow “[t]he premise that human beings are blessed with many talents but are also burdened by sinfulness, ignorance, and weakness”—terms that readers should be skeptical about whenever Brooks uses them, given his history of championing neoconservatism. The class would be a continuation of his interest in pop-cognitive psychology, which reached book form in early 2011 with “The Social Animal.”
Brooks has previously taught at Yale and Duke universities. Of the name of the class, he said in an email:
“The title of the Humility course is, obviously, intentionally designed to provoke smart ass jibes, but there’s actually a serious point behind it. People from Burke to Niebuhr, Augustine to Dorothy Day, Montaigne to MLK and Samuel Johnson to Daniel Kahneman have built philosophies around our cognitive, moral and personal limitations. The course is designed to look at these strategies as a guide for life and politics and everything else.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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