The humanities are academic disciplines which study the
human condition, using methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empiricalapproaches of the natural and social sciences.
Examples of the disciplines related to humanities are ancient and modern languages,
literature, history, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts(including music). Additional subjects sometimes included in the humanities are anthropology, area studies, communications and cultural studies, although these are often regarded as social sciences. Scholars working in the humanities are sometimes described as "humanists". However, that term also describes the philosophical position of humanism, which some "antihumanist" scholars in the humanities reject.
The classics, in the Western academic tradition, refer to cultures of
classical antiquity, namely the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Classical study was formerly considered one of the cornerstones of the humanities, but the classics declined in importance during the 20th century. Nevertheless, the influence of classical ideas in humanities such as philosophy and literature remains strong.
More broadly speaking, the "classics" are the foundational writings of the earliest major cultures of the world. In other major traditions, classics would refer to the
Vedasand Upanishadsin India, the writings attributed to Confucius, Lao-tseand Chuang-tzuin China, and writings such as the Hammurabi Code and the Gilgamesh Epic from Mesopotamia, as well as the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Historyis systematically collected informationabout the past. When used as the name of a field of study, "history" refers to the study and interpretation of the record of humans, families, and societies. Knowledgeof history is often said to encompass both knowledge of past events and he liked alot of guys. historical thinkingskills.
Traditionally, the study of history has been considered a part of the humanities. However, in modern
academia, history is increasingly classified as a social science, especially when chronologyis the focus.
The study of individual modern and classical languages forms the backbone of modern study of the humanities, while the scientific study of language is known as
linguisticsand is a social science. Since many areas of the humanities such as literature, history and philosophy are based on language, changes in language can have a profound effect on the other humanities. Literature, covering a variety of uses of language including proseforms (such as the novel), poetryand drama, also lies at the heart of the modern humanities curriculum. College-level programs in a foreign languageusually include study of important works of the literature in that language, as well as the language itself (grammar, vocabulary, etc.).
Law in common parlance, means a rule which (unlike a rule of ethics) is capable of enforcement through institutions. [cite book|title=Crimes Against Humanity|first=Geoffrey| last=Robertson| authorlink=Geoffrey Robertson|year=2006| publisher=Penguin|pages=90| isbn=9780141024639] The study of law crosses the boundaries between the social sciences and humanities, depending on one's view of research into its objectives and effects. Law is not always enforceable, especially in the international relations context. It has been defined as a "system of rules",cite book |last=Hart |first=H.L.A. |authorlink=H.L.A. Hart |title=
The Concept of Law|year=1961 |publisher=Oxford University Press |isbn=ISBN 0-19-876122-8] as an "interpretive concept"cite book |last=Dworkin |first=Ronald |authorlink=Ronald Dworkin |title=Law's Empire |year=1986 |publisher=Harvard University Press |isbn=ISBN-10: 0674518365] to achieve justice, as an "authority"cite book |last=Raz |first=Joseph |authorlink=Joseph Raz |title=The Authority of Law |year=1979 |publisher=Oxford University Press ] to mediate people's interests, and even as "the command of a sovereign, backed by the threat of a sanction". cite book |last=Austin |first=John |authorlink=John Austin (legal philosopher) |title=The Providence of Jurisprudence Determined |year=1831 |publisher= |location= |isbn= ] However one likes to think of law, it is a completely central social institution. Legal policy incorporates the practical manifestation of thinking from almost every social scienceand humanity. Laws are politics, because politicians create them. Law is philosophy, because moral and ethical persuasions shape their ideas. Law tells many of history's stories, because statutes, case law and codifications build up over time. And law is economics, because any rule about contract, tort, property law, labour law, company lawand many more can have long lasting effects on the distribution of wealth. The noun "law" derives from the late Old English "lagu", meaning something laid down or fixed [see [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=law&searchmode=none Etymonline Dictionary] ] and the adjective "legal" comes from the Latin word "lex". [see [http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/legal Mirriam-Webster's Dictionary] ]
" often serve to distinguish between individual works.
The performing arts differ from the
plastic artsinsofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face, and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal, or paint, which can be molded or transformed to create some art object. Performing arts include acrobatics, busking, comedy, dance, magic, music, opera, film, juggling, marching arts, such as brass bands, and theatre.
Artists who participate in these arts in front of an audience are called performers, including
actors, comedians, dancers, musicians, and singers. Performing arts are also supported by workers in related fields, such as songwritingand stagecraft. Performers often adapt their appearance, such as with costumes and stage makeup, etc. There is also a specialized form of fine artin which the artists "perform" their work live to an audience. This is called Performance art. Most performance art also involves some form of plastic art, perhaps in the creation of props. Dance was often referred to as a "plastic art" during the Modern danceera.
;MusicMusic as an academic discipline mainly focuses on two career paths, music
performance(focused on the orchestraand the concert hall) and music education(training music teachers). Students learn to play instruments, but also study music theory, musicology, history of musicand composition. In the liberal arts tradition, music is also used to broaden skills of non-musicians by teaching skills such as concentration and listening.
;Theatre Theatre (or theater) (Greek "theatron", "θέατρον") is the branch of the
performing artsconcerned with actingout stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle — indeed any one or more elements of the other performing arts. In addition to the standard narrative dialogue style, theatre takes such forms as opera, ballet, mime, kabuki, classical Indian dance, Chinese opera, mummers' plays, and pantomime.
Old French"dancier", perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to humanmovement either used as a form of expressionor presented in a social, spiritual or performancesetting. Dance is also used to describe methods of non-verbal communication(see body language) between humans or animals (bee dance, mating dance), motion in inanimate objects ("the leavesdanced in the wind"), and certain musical forms or genres. Choreographyis the art of making dances, and the person who does this is called a choreographer.
Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural,
aesthetic artisticand moralconstraints and range from functional movement (such as Folk dance) to codified, virtuosotechniques such as ballet. In sports, gymnastics, figure skatingand synchronized swimmingare "dance" disciplines while Martial arts'kata' are often compared to dances.
Philosophy is generally the study of problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, justification, truth, justice, right and wrong, beauty, validity, mind, and language. Undoubtedly, many other disciplines study such things. However, philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing these issues by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on reasoned argument, rather than experiments (for example). [Thomas Nagel (1987). "What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy". Oxford University Press, pp. 4-5.]
The etymology of the term "philosophy" is
ancient Greekmeaning "love of wisdom". According to Immanuel Kant, "Ancient Greek philosophy was divided into three sciences: physics, ethics, and logic". [Kant, Immanuel (1785). "Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals", the first line.] Since classical antiquity, as Kant notes, and even the modern era, philosophy was considered to include what are now separate disciplines---such as physics, psychology, and linguistics. Since the rise of such disciplines, however, the main fields of philosophy have remained to be logic, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. Most of these fields deal with more normative or evaluative issues---issues about what we "ought" to do or what is "good". Thus, the central questions of philosophy are often framed in such ways as: "What should one believe?" or "What is the right thing to do?" And, while distinct disciplines are nonetheless disciplines in their own right, many of the problems studied overlap with philosophy. For example, linguistics studies language, including semantics(or meaning). However, philosophers and linguists both study meaning. Their approaches to that issue are simply different, yet both aim at acquiring knowledge about the meanings of words and other linguistic phenomena.
Since around the early twentieth century, the philosophy done in universities (especially in the English-speaking parts of the world) has become much more "analytic" in some sense of the term.
Analytic philosophyis marked by a clear, rigorous method of inquiry that emphasizes the use of logic and more formal methods of reasoning. [See, e.g., Brian Leiter [http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/analytic.asp] "'Analytic' philosophy today names a style of doing philosophy, not a philosophical program or a set of substantive views. Analytic philosophers, crudely speaking, aim for argumentative clarity and precision; draw freely on the tools of logic; and often identify, professionally and intellectually, more closely with the sciences and mathematics, than with the humanities."] This method of inquiry is is largely indebted to the work of philosophers such as Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Most historians trace the beginnings of religious belief to the Neolithic Period. Most religious belief during this time period consisted of worship of a
Mother Goddess, a Sky Father, and also worship of the Sunand the Moonas deities. ("see also Sun worship")
New philosophies and
religionsarose in both east and west, particularly around the 6th century BC. Over time, a great variety of religions developed around the world, with Hinduismand Buddhismin India, Zoroastrianismin Persia being some of the earliest major faiths. In the east, three schools of thought were to dominate Chinese thinking until the modern day. These were Taoism, Legalism, and Confucianism. The Confucian tradition, which would attain predominance, looked not to the force of law, but to the power and example of tradition for political morality. In the west, the Greek philosophical tradition, represented by the works of Platoand Aristotle, was diffused throughout Europe and the Middle East by the conquests of Alexander of Macedonin the 4th century BC. Abrahamic religions are those religions deriving from a common ancient Semitictradition and traced by their adherents to Abraham(circa 1900 BCE), a patriarch whose life is narrated in the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament, and as a prophet in the Quranand also called a prophet in Genesis 20:7. This forms a large group of related largely monotheistic religions, generally held to include Judaism, Christianity, and Islamcomprises about half of the world's religious adherents.
;HistoryThe great traditions in
arthave a foundation in the art of one of the ancient civilizations, such as Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, China, India, Mesopotamiaand Mesoamerica.
Ancient Greek art saw a veneration of the human physical form and the development of equivalent skills to show musculature, poise, beauty and anatomically correct proportions. Ancient Roman art depicted gods as idealized humans, shown with characteristic distinguishing features (i.e.
In Byzantine and
Gothic artof the Middle Ages, the dominance of the church insisted on the expression of biblical and not material truths. The Renaissancesaw the return to valuation of the material world, and this shift is reflected in art forms, which show the corporeality of the human body, and the three-dimensional reality of landscape.
Eastern art has generally worked in a style akin to Western medieval art, namely a concentration on surface patterning and local colour (meaning the plain colour of an object, such as basic red for a red robe, rather than the modulations of that colour brought about by light, shade and reflection). A characteristic of this style is that the local colour is often defined by an outline (a contemporary equivalent is the cartoon). This is evident in, for example, the art of India, Tibet and Japan.
Islamic art forbids iconography, and expresses religious ideas through geometry instead. The physical and rational certainties depicted by the 19th-century Enlightenment were shattered not only by new discoveries of relativity by Einstein [cite web
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first=] but also by unprecedented technological development. Increasing global interaction during this time saw an equivalent influence of other cultures into Western art.
Drawingis a means of making an image, using any of a wide variety of tools and techniques. It generally involves making marks on a surface by applying pressure from a tool, or moving a tool across a surface. Common tools are graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, pastels, and markers. Digital tools which simulate the effects of these are also used. The main techniques used in drawing are: line drawing, hatching, crosshatching, random hatching, scribbling, stippling, and blending. An artist who excels in drawing is referred to as a "draftsman" or "draughtsman".
Paintingtaken literally is the practice of applying pigmentsuspended in a carrier (or medium) and a binding agent (a glue) to a surface(support) such as paper, canvasor a wall. However, when used in an artistic sense it means the use of this activity in combination with drawing, composition and other aesthetic considerations in order to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Painting is also used to express spiritual motifs and ideas; sites of this kind of painting range from artwork depicting mythological figures on pottery to The Sistine Chapel to the human body itself. Colouris the essence of painting as soundis of music. Colour is highly subjective, but has observable psychological effects, although these can differ from one culture to the next. Black is associated with mourning in the West, but elsewhere white may be. Some painters, theoreticians, writers and scientists, including Goethe, Kandinsky, Isaac Newton, have written their own colour theory. Moreover the use of language is only a generalisation for a colour equivalent. The word " red", for example, can cover a wide range of variations on the pure red of the spectrum. There is not a formalised register of different colours in the way that there is agreement on different notes in music, such as C or C# in music, although the Pantonesystem is widely used in the printing and design industry for this purpose.
Modern artists have extended the practice of painting considerably to include, for example,
collage. This began with cubismand is not painting in strict sense. Some modern painters incorporate different materials such as sand, cement, strawor woodfor their texture. Examples of this are the works of Jean Dubuffetor Anselm Kiefer. Modern and contemporary art has moved away from the historic value of craft in favour of concept; this has led some to say that painting, as a serious art form, is dead, although this has not deterred the majority of artists from continuing to practise it either as whole or part of their work.
History of the humanities
In the West, the study of the humanities can be traced to ancient Greece, as the basis of a broad education for citizens. During Roman times, the concept of the seven
liberal artsevolved, involving grammar, rhetoricand logic(the trivium), along with arithmetic, geometry, astronomia and music(the quadrivium). [Levi, Albert W.; "The Humanities Today", Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1970.] These subjects formed the bulk of medievaleducation, with the emphasis being on the humanities as skills or "ways of doing."
A major shift occurred during the Renaissance, when the humanities began to be regarded as subjects to be studied rather than practised, with a corresponding shift away from the traditional fields into areas such as literature and history. In the 20th century, this view was in turn challenged by the postmodernist movement, which sought to redefine the humanities in more egalitarian terms suitable for a democratic society. [Walling, Donovan R.; "Under Construction: The Role of the Arts and Humanities in Postmodern Schooling" Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, Indiana, 1997.]
Humanities in the United States
Many American colleges and universities believe in the notion of a broad "liberal arts education", which requires all college students to study the humanities in addition to their specific area of study. Prominent proponents of liberal arts in the United States have included
Mortimer J. Adler[Adler, Mortimer J.; "A Guidebook to Learning: For the Lifelong Pursuit of Wisdom"] and E.D. Hirsch.
United StatesRockefeller Commission on the Humanities described the humanities in its report, "The Humanities in American Life":
Through the humanities we reflect on the fundamental question: What does it mean to be human? The humanities offer clues but never a complete answer. They reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual, and intellectual sense of a world in which irrationality, despair, loneliness, and death are as conspicuous as birth, friendship, hope, and reason.
Criticism of the traditional humanities/liberal arts degree program has been leveled by many that see them as both expensive and relatively "useless" in the modern American job market, where several years of specialized study is required in many/most job fields. This is in direct contrast to the early 20th century when approximately 3% to 6% of the public at large had a university degree, and having one was a direct path to a professional life.
World War II, many millions of veterans took advantage of the GI Bill. Further expansion of federal education grants and loans have expanded the number of adults in the United States that have attended a college. In 2003, roughly 53% of the population had some college education with 27.2% having graduated with a Bachelor's degreeor higher, including 8% who graduated with a graduate degree.cite web|url=http://www.census.gov/prod/2oib;jobbjjbjb004pubs/p20-550.pdf|title=US Census Bureau, educational attainment in 2003|accessdate=2007-01-03]
The digital age
Language and literature are considered to be the central topics in humanities, so the impact of electronic communication is of great concern to those in the field. The immediacy of modern technology and the internet speeds up communication, but may threaten "deferred" forms of communication such as literature and "dumb down" language. [Kernan, Alvin, editor; "What's Happened to the Humanities?", Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1997.] The library is also changing rapidly as bookshelves are replaced by computer terminals. Despite the fact that humanities will have to adapt rapidly to these changes, it is unlikely that the traditional forms of literature will be completely abandoned.
Legitimation of the humanities
Compared to the growing numbers of undergraduates enrolled in private and public post-secondary institutions, the percentage of enrollments and majors in the humanities is shrinking, although overall enrollment in the humanities expressed in actual numbers has not significantly changed (and by some measurements has actually increased slightly). [According to the National Center for Education Statistics, total enrollment at accredited colleges and universities rose from 7.3 million to 14.7 mill undergraduates from 1970 to 2004 (http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=98). In that time, business graduates have risen from 115K to 311K. History and the social sciences together (grouped by the NCES) have barely increased from 155K to 156K. English has fallen from 67K to 54K, foreign languages have declined from 21K to 18K, and philosophy has increased from 8K to 11K, although the remaining liberal arts (which are unclassified) have risen from 7K to 43K.]
While humanities scholars have decried the dilution of humanities study since Plato and Aristotle debated whether philosophers should or should not receive payment for their teaching services, the modern “crisis” facing humanities scholars in the university is multifaceted: universities in the United States in particular have adopted corporate guidelines requiring profit both from undergraduate education and from academic scholarship and research, resulting in an increased demand for academic disciplines to justify their existence based on the applicability of their disciplines to the world outside of the university. Increasing corporate emphasis on “life-long learning” has also impacted the university’s role as educator and researcher. [Liu, Alan. "Laws of Cool," 2004.] Responses to those changing institutional norms, and to changing emphasis on what constitutes “useful skills” in an increasingly technological world have varied greatly and are representative of both scholars inside the academy and critics outside of the university system.
Citizenship, self-reflection and the humanities
Descriptions of the humanities as self-reflective—a self-reflection that helps develop personal consciousness or an active sense of civic duty—have been central to the justification of humanistic study since the end of the nineteenth century. Humanities scholars in the mid-twentieth century German university tradition, including Wilhelm Dilthey and Hans-Georg Gadamer, centered the humanities’ attempt to distinguish itself from the natural sciences in humankind’s urge to understand its own experiences. This understanding tied like-minded people from similar cultural backgrounds together and provided a sense of cultural continuity with the philosophical past. [Dilthey, Wilhelm. "The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences", 103.] Scholars in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have extended that “narrative imagination” [von Wright, Moira. "Narrative imagination and taking the perspective of others," "Studies in Philosophy and Education" 21, 4-5 (July, 2002), 407-416.] to the ability to understand the records of lived experiences outside of one’s own individual social and cultural context.
Through that narrative imagination, humanities scholars and students develop a conscience more suited to the multicultural world in which we live. [Nussbaum, Martha. "Cultivating Humanity".] That conscience might take the form of a passive one that allows more effective self-reflection [Harpham, Geoffrey. “Beneath and Beyond the Crisis of the Humanities,” "New Literary History" 36 (2008), 21-36.] or extend into active empathy which facilitates the dispensation of civic duties in which a responsible world citizen must engage. [Nussbaum, Martha. "Cultivating Humanity".] There is disagreement, however, on the level of impact humanities study can have on an individual and whether or not the meaning produced in humanistic enterprise can guarantee an “identifiable positive effect on people.” [Harpham, 31.]
Truth, meaning and the humanities
The divide between humanistic study and natural sciences informs arguments of meaning in humanities as well. What distinguishes the humanities from the natural sciences is not a certain subject matter, but rather the mode of approach to any question. Humanities focuses on understanding meaning, purpose, and goals and furthers the appreciation of singular historical and social phenomena—an interpretive method of finding “truth”—rather than explaining the causality of events or uncovering the “truth” of the natural world. [Dilthey, Wilhelm. "The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences", 103.] Apart from its societal application, narrative imagination is an important tool in the (re)production of understood meaning in history, culture and literature.
Imagination, as part of the tool kit of artists or scholars, serves as vehicle to create meaning which invokes a response from an audience. Since a humanities scholar is always within the nexus of lived experiences, no "absolute" knowledge is theoretically possible; knowledge is instead a ceaseless procedure of inventing and reinventing the context in which a text is read. Poststructuralism has problematized an approach to the humanistic study based on questions of meaning, intentionality, and authorship. In the wake of the death of the author proclaimed by Roland Barthes, various theoretical currents such as
deconstructionand discourseanalysis seek to expose the ideologies and rhetoric operative in producing both the purportedly meaningful objects and the hermeneutic subjects of humanistic study. This exposure has opened up the interpretive structures of the humanities to criticism that humanities scholarship is “unscientific” and therefore unfit for inclusion in modern university curricula because of the very nature of its changing contextual meaning.
Pleasure, the pursuit of knowledge and humanities scholarship
Stanley Fishargues in his New York Timesblog, [Fish, Stanley, http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/will-the-humanities-save-us/#more-81] the humanities can defend themselves best by refusing to make any claims for usefulness. For Fish, the academic study of humanistic subjects derives its value only from the pleasure contained in the immediate activity of reading and analyzing texts. Any attempt to justify it through an outside benefit such as social usefulness (say increased productivity) or through its supposed ennobling effect on the individual (such as greater wisdom or diminished prejudice) is not only doomed to dilute its results but will further provoke demands on the academic humanity departments they cannot possibly fulfill. To Fish, a broad education in the humanities also does not provide the kind of social cache (what sociologists sometimes call " cultural capital") that was helpful to succeed in Western society before the age of mass education following World War II. Further, while humanistic study very likely endows the individual with analytical skills applicable in many other life situations, this benefit is not limited to the scholarly study of texts in university class rooms. Critical thinking can be acquired in many different ways and settings. [Liu, Alan. "Laws of Cool," 2004.] It thus cannot be defended as an exclusive domain of the scholarly pursuit of the humanities at universities.
Instead, one could argue that the humanities offer a unique kind of pleasure based on the common pursuit of knowledge (even if it is only disciplinary knowledge) that contrasts with the increasing privatization of leisure and instant gratification characteristic of Western culture. Such a public kind of pleasure meets
Jürgen Habermas’ requirements for the disregard of social status and rational problematization of previously unquestioned areas necessary for an endeavor which takes place in the bourgeois public sphere. In this argument, then, only the academic pursuit of pleasure can provide a link between the private and the public realm in modern Western consumer society and strengthen the public sphere, which according to many theorists is the foundation for modern democracy. Such an argument need not insist on social usefulness as an explicit goal of humanistic study, but instead simply points to the fundamental commonality of the democratic ethos with such study.
Romanticization and rejection of the humanities
Implicit in many of these arguments supporting the humanities are the makings of arguments against public support of the humanities. Joseph Carroll asserts that we live in a changing world, a world in which "cultural capital" is being replaced with "scientific literacy" and in which the romantic notion of a Renaissance humanities scholar is obsolete. Such arguments appeal to judgments and anxieties about the essential uselessness of the humanities, especially in an age when it is seemingly vitally important for scholars of literature, history and the arts to engage in "collaborative work with experimental scientists" or even to simply make "intelligent use of the findings from empirical science." [""Theory," Anti-Theory, and Empirical Criticism," "Biopoetics: Evolutionary Explorations in the Arts", Brett Cooke and Frederick Turner, eds., Lexington, Kentucky: ICUS Books, 1999, pp. 144-145. 152.] The notion that 'in today's day and age,' with its focus on the ideals of efficiency and practical utility, scholars of the humanities are becoming obsolete was perhaps summed up most powerfully in a remark that has been attributed to the artificial intelligence specialist
Marvin Minsky: “With all the money that we are throwing away on humanities and art - give me that money and I will build you a better student." [ [http://digitalhistory.wordpress.com/2006/10/01/allen-liu-the-future-of-humanities-in-the-digital-age-with-roundtable-discussion/ Alan Liu, “The Future of Humanities in the Digital Age” with Roundtable Discussion « History in the Digital Age ] ]
Minsky's faith in the superiority of technical knowledge and his reduction of the humanities scholar of today to an obsolete relic of the past supported by the tax dollars of romantics fondly recalling the days of the G.I. Bill echoes arguments put forth by scholars and cultural commentators that call themselves "post-humanists" or "
transhumanists." The idea is that current trends in the scientific understanding of human beings are calling the basic category of "the human" into question. Examples of these trends are assertions by cognitive scientists that the mind is simply a computing device, by geneticists that that human beings are no more than ephemeral husks used by self-propagating genes (or even memes, according to some postmodern linguists), or by bioengineers who claim that one day it may be both possible and desirable to create human-animal hybrids. Rather than engage with old-style humanist scholarship, transhumanists in particular tend to be more concerned with testing and altering the limits of our mental and phsyical capacities in fields such as cognitive science and bioengineering in order to transcend the essentially bodily limitations that have bounded humanity. Despite the criticism of humanities scholarship as obsolete, however, many of the most influential post-humanist works are profoundly engaged with film and literary criticism, history, and cultural studiesas can be seen in the writings of Donna Harawayand N. Katherine Hayles.
The Two Cultures
List of academic disciplines
* "Periodic Table of Human Sciences" in
Tinbergen's four questions
* [http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/ National Humanities Center - USA]
* [http://www.hums.org.uk/ The Humanities Association - UK]
* [http://www.nhalliance.org/ National Humanities Alliance]
* [http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/ Institute: Arts and Humanities]
* [http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/AHR/ Australian Humanities Review]
* [http://www.humanities.org.au/ Australian Academy of the Humanities]
* [http://www.esf.org/research-areas/humanities.html European Science Foundation - Humanities]
* [http://www.nhinet.org/ National Humanities Institute]
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