What Are the Humanities For  Book

What Are the Humanities For


  • Author : Willem B. Drees
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2023-05-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1108965326

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"Human Humanities offers an accessible introduction to the humanities as a diverse but coherent domain of scholarship. Willem Drees here explores how the disciplines included within the humanities aim to offer insight into the self-understanding and self-expression of others and oneself. As this is done by humans and about humans, humanities scholarship is more self-involving than the sciences. Drawing on models in the fields of theology and religious studies, where personal engagement and academic distance sometimes clash, Drees also shows how his definition of the humanities clarifies their challenging character, public relevance, and intrinsic human value. Drees demonstrates how to think more clearly, and with greater coherence, about the humanities. His original proposals about the humanities will make this book of interest to scholars and students in the humanities and other disciplines, as well as those involved in academic leadership and science policy"--

The Humanities and the Dream of America Book

The Humanities and the Dream of America


  • Author : Geoffrey Galt Harpham
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226317014

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In this bracing and original book, Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues that today’s humanities are an invention of the American academy in the years following World War II, when they were first conceived as an expression of American culture and an instrument of American national interests. The humanities portray a “dream of America” in two senses: they represent an aspiration of Americans since the first days of the Republic for a state so secure and prosperous that people could enjoy and appreciate culture for its own sake; and they embody in academic terms an idealized conception of the American national character. Although they are struggling to retain their status in America, the concept of the humanities has spread to other parts of the world and remains one of America's most distinctive and valuable contributions to higher education. The Humanities and the Dream of America explores a number of linked problems that have emerged in recent years: the role, at once inspiring and disturbing, played by philology in the formation of the humanities; the reasons for the humanities’ perpetual state of “crisis”; the shaping role of philanthropy in the humanities; and the new possibilities for literary study offered by the subject of pleasure. Framed by essays that draw on Harpham’s pedagogical experiences abroad and as a lecturer at the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as his vantage as director of the National Humanities Center, this book provides an essential perspective on the history, ideology, and future of this important topic.

A New History of the Humanities Book

A New History of the Humanities


  • Author : Rens Bod
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199665211

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Offers the first overarching history of the humanities from Antiquity to the present.

Value and the Humanities Book

Value and the Humanities


  • Author : Zoe Hope Bulaitis
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-06-29
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030378929

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Tracing the shift from liberal to neoliberal education from the nineteenth century to the present day, this open access book provides a rich and previously underdeveloped narrative of value in higher education in England. Value and the Humanities draws upon historical, financial, and critical debates concerning educational and cultural policy. Rather than writing a singular defence of the humanities against economic rationalism, Zoe Hope Bulaitis constructs a nuanced map of the intersections of value in the humanities, encompassing an exploration of policy engagement, scientific discourses, fictional representation, and the humanities in public life. The book articulates a kaleidoscopic range of humanities practices which demonstrate that although recent policy encourages higher education to be entirely motivated by outcomes, fiscal targets, and the acquisition of employability skills, the humanities continue to inspire and aspire beyond these limits. This book is a historically-grounded and theoretically-informed analysis of the value of the humanities within the context of the market.

History in the Humanities and Social Sciences Book

History in the Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Author : Richard Bourke
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2022-12-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 427
  • ISBN 10 : 9781009231046

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Offers a collaborative exploration of the role of historical understanding in leading disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.

Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities Book

Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities


  • Author : Peter Levine
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1995-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 0791423271

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This is a critique of Nietzsche's theory of culture that proposes an alternative paradigm allowing a defense of the humanities against such Nietzschians as Leo Strauss and Derrida.

A Philosophical Exploration of the Humanities and Social Sciences Book

A Philosophical Exploration of the Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Author : Giorgio Baruchello
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2022-11-07
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 619
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110760019

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Humor has been praised by philosophers and poets as a balm to soothe the sorrows that outrageous fortune’s slings and arrows cause inevitably, if not incessantly, to each and every one of us. In mundane life, having a sense of humor is seen not only as a positive trait of character, but as a social prerequisite, without which a person’s career and mating prospects are severely diminished, if not annihilated. However, humor is much more than this, and so much else. In particular, humor can accompany cruelty, inform it, sustain it, and exemplify it. Therefore, in this book, we provide a comprehensive, reasoned exploration of the vast literature on the concepts of humor and cruelty, as these have been tackled in Western philosophy, humanities, and social sciences, especially psychology. Also, the apparent cacophony of extant interpretations of these two concepts is explained as the inevitable and even useful result of the polysemy inherent to all common-sense concepts, in line with the understanding of concepts developed by M. Polanyi in the 20th century. Thus, a thorough, nuanced grasp of their complex mutual relationship is established, and many platitudes affecting today's received views, and scholarship, are cast aside.

Computer   Assisted Research in the Humanities Book

Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities


  • Author : Joseph Raben
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2014-05-18
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9781483148809

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Computer-Assisted Research in the Humanities describes various computer-assisted research in the humanities and related social sciences. It is a compendium of data collected between November 1966 and May 1972 and published in Computer and the Humanities. The book begins with an analysis of language teaching texts including the DOVACK system, a program used for remedial reading instruction. It then discusses the objectives, types of computer used, and status of the Bibliographic On-line Display (BOLD), semiotic systems, augmented human intellect program, automatic indexing, and similar research. The remaining chapters present computer-assisted research on language and literature, philosophy, social sciences, and visual arts. Students who seek a single reference work for computer-assisted research in the humanities will find this book useful.

White House Conference on the Humanities Book

White House Conference on the Humanities


  • Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. Subcommittee on Select Education
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1978
  • Genre: Government publications
  • Pages : 1008
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105045253627

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The Humanities and the Future of the University Book

The Humanities and the Future of the University


  • Author : University of Windsor. Humanities Research Group
  • Publisher : Windsor, Ont. : Humanities Research Group, University of Windsor
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Humanities
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : PSU:000033030159

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The Value of the Humanities Book

The Value of the Humanities


  • Author : Helen Small
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2013-10-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191506796

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The Value of the Humanities provides a critical account of the principal arguments used to defend the value of the Humanities. The claims considered are: that the Humanities study the meaning-making practices of culture, and bring to their work a distinctive understanding of what constitutes knowledge and understanding; that, though useful to society in many ways, they remain laudably at odds with, or at a remove from, instrumental use value; that they contribute to human happiness; that they are a force for democracy; and that they are a good in themselves, to be valued 'for their own sake'. Engaging closely with contemporary literary and philosophical work in the field from the UK and US, Helen Small distinguishes between arguments that retain strong Victorian roots (Mill on happiness; Arnold on use value) and those that have developed or been substantially altered since. Unlike many works in this field, The Value of the Humanities is not a polemic or a manifesto. Its purpose is to explore the grounds for each argument, and to test its validity for the present day. Tough-minded, alert to changing historical conditions for argument and changing styles of rhetoric, it promises to sharpen the terms of the public debate.