Philosopher John Henry Crosby: The Classics Protect the Fullness of Our Humanity

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

Composer Franz Schubert in a watercolor by Wilhelm August Rieder. Schubert's song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” captures the essence of romantic love in all of its stages. (Public domain)

Why the classics are important today is a radical question, according to John Henry Crosby, the founder and president of the nonprofit Hildebrand Project.

“The sensibility that the classics are important, deserving of a place of recognition, and worthy of being learned from, is in many ways anachronistic today,” he said on July 27. But it is a question worth pursuing.

Crosby, whose organization is dedicated to promoting the work of philosopher Dietrich von Hi