Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of History and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. His books include The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s, which has recently appeared with Princeton University Press. His articles have appeared in Dissent, The Nation, and The New Republic.
The civic and practical goals of humanistic learning are necessarily related to the project of human autonomy, for there can be no autonomy apart from the provisos and attributes of self-knowledge.
For a brief moment, moral relativism took a backseat to living in truth. Now things look very different.