A Plea to Readers of Humanitas
Please read this statement and support the continued publication of this journal.
Humanitas is an unusual journal—a rarity in today’s academic environment, which is progressively mired in trendy theorizing, political ideology, nihilism, and sheer idiosyncrasy. Humanitas was started thirty-five years ago in recognition that intellectual trends discernible at the time were stifling exploration of central questions of human existence. The journal was founded because of the acute need to revitalize the study of man, society, culture, and politics. The depth and breadth of intellectual decline called for an incisive, inter-disciplinary approach. A more traditional kind of scholarship and writing was needed that also would not shrink from criticizing routinized, uncritically held traditional assumptions. It seemed evident that if the dominant academic trends were left unchallenged they would in time stifle humane study and even produce a denial of all meaning. Today the evolution of mind and imagination is destroying the very foundations of civilized life. The humanities and social disciplines have been hijacked by critical theory, intersectionality, and other faddish orientations that question the very possibility of truth.
Though up against worsening odds, Humanitas stood its ground over the years. Publishing scholarship that would be shunned by academic trend-setters, Humanitas became a nationally and internationally recognized forum for independent, creative, high-level writing. It even gained the grudging respect of parts of the academic mainstream. In the intensely competitive academic job market—made positively brutal for young scholars questioning mainstream dogma—Humanitas has played no small role in helping independent-minded authors get published and gain tenure.
But the survival of Humanitas was always in doubt. To begin with, most journals have a very short life-span. Although Humanitas became recognized for its high standards and intellectual vitality and although many saw the pressing need for a journal of this kind, Humanitas would not have been able to keep publishing without the volunteer efforts and personal sacrifice of people of great commitment. Securing the funding necessary to pay for basic expenses always was, and remains, a struggle. We hope that you, the reader of this appeal, will want to support the continued publication of Humanitas.
In view of the importance of having the journal accessible to students and faculty on American campuses, we took the decision early on to offer the journal free of charge to university and college libraries that agreed to catalogue and display it. (Other libraries have preferred to obtain regular subscriptions.) About 400 academic libraries across the nation currently carry the print edition of Humanitas. So there the journal is—an intellectually vigorous dissident voice in an increasingly intolerant campus environment. For many years we have of course also provided the journal electronically. It is available at the website of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS). The same is true of the extensive Humanitas Archive, a treasure trove of articles. Humanitas receives a very large number of “hits” every day, which come disproportionately from leading universities in America and abroad.
We have to be frank. We have no endowment. Humanitas cannot continue its work without the support of donors. We urgently need your help and hope that you will take action today. You may send a check to the address below. Please make your tax-deductible donation payable to “Center for the Study of Statesmanship.” Write ”Humanitas donation” in the subject line. You can also donate by credit card using PayPal in the Humanitas section of the CSS website. Consider giving $50, $100, $250, $1000, or more.
If you have not subscribed to the print edition of Humanitas, you may do so here: https://css.cua.edu/subscribe-to-humanitas-journal/
Thank you very much for considering this appeal. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Claes G. Ryn
Center for the Study of Statesmanship
The Catholic University of America
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