The Humanities and Public Life

The Humanities and Public Life
Author: Peter Brooks
Release: 2014-03-01
Editor: Fordham Univ Press
Pages: 172
ISBN: 9780823257072
Language: en
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This book tests the proposition that the humanities can, and at their best do, represent a commitment to ethical reading. And that this commitment, and the training and discipline of close reading that underlie it, represent something that the humanities need to bring to other fields: to professional training and to public life. What leverage does reading, of the attentive sort practiced in the interpretive humanities, give you on life? Does such reading represent or produce an ethics? The question was posed for many in the humanities by the “Torture Memos” released by the Justice Department a few years ago, presenting arguments that justified the use of torture by the U.S. government with the most twisted, ingenious, perverse, and unethical interpretation of legal texts. No one trained in the rigorous analysis of poetry could possibly engage in such bad-faith interpretation without professional conscience intervening to say: This is not possible. Teaching the humanities appears to many to be an increasingly disempowered profession—and status—within American culture. Yet training in the ability to read critically the messages with which society, politics, and culture bombard us may be more necessary than ever in a world in which the manipulation of minds and hearts is more and more what running the world is all about. This volume brings together a group of distinguished scholars and intellectuals to debate the public role and importance of the humanities. Their exchange suggests that Shelley was not wrong to insist that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of mankind: Cultural change carries everything in its wake. The attentive interpretive reading practiced in the humanities ought to be an export commodity to other fields and to take its place in the public sphere.

Human Humanities

Human Humanities
Author: Willem B. Drees
Release: 2021-04-30
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781108838412
Language: en
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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 Value of the Humanities

The Value of the Humanities
Author: Helen Small
Release: 2013-10-04
Editor: OUP Oxford
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780191506796
Language: en
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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.

Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment

Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment
Author: William S. Brockman
Release: 2001
Editor: Digital Library Federation
Pages: 38
ISBN: 9781933645148
Language: en
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National Endowment for the Humanities Annual Report

National Endowment for the Humanities     Annual Report
Author: National Endowment for the Humanities
Release: 1979
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 329
ISBN: COLUMBIA:CU14285673
Language: en
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Latour and the Humanities

Latour and the Humanities
Author: Rita Felski,Stephen Muecke
Release: 2020-09-01
Editor: Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages: 488
ISBN: 9781421438900
Language: en
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Contributors: David J. Alworth, Anders Blok, Claudia Breger, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Yves Citton, Steven Connor, Gerard de Vries, Simon During, Rita Felski, Francis Halsall, Graham Harman, Antoine Hennion, Casper Bruun Jensen, Bruno Latour, Heather Love, Patrice Maniglier, Stephen Muecke, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Nigel Thrift, Michael Witmore

Value and the Humanities

Value and the Humanities
Author: Zoe Hope Bulaitis
Release: 2020-06-29
Editor: Springer Nature
Pages: 255
ISBN: 9783030378929
Language: en
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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.

The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces a Special Initiative for the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution

The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces a Special Initiative for the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution
Author: Anonim
Release: 1983
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 20
ISBN: UCSD:31822029078268
Language: en
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A New History of the Humanities

A New History of the Humanities
Author: Rens Bod
Release: 2014-01
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780199665211
Language: en
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Offers the first overarching history of the humanities from Antiquity to the present.

National Endowment for the Humanities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Hiring Policies

National Endowment for the Humanities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Hiring Policies
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations. Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee
Release: 1984
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 248
ISBN: UCR:31210024911289
Language: en
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The Humanities and the Dream of America

The Humanities and the Dream of America
Author: Geoffrey Galt Harpham
Release: 2011-03
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Pages: 245
ISBN: 9780226316994
Language: en
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The contents of this book cover beneath and beyond the 'crisis in the humanities', between humanity and the homeland, gold mines in Parnassus, melancholy in the midst of abundance, and much more.

The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion Since World War II

The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion Since World War II
Author: Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History and Department Chair David A Hollinger
Release: 2006-04-14
Editor: JHU Press
Pages: 421
ISBN: 0801883903
Language: en
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Annual Report National Endowment for the Humanities

Annual Report   National Endowment for the Humanities
Author: National Endowment for the Humanities
Release: 1989
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:39015024886569
Language: en
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Includes appendices.

Travelling Concepts in the Humanities

Travelling Concepts in the Humanities
Author: Mieke Bal
Release: 2002-11-02
Editor: University of Toronto Press
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781442690455
Language: en
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Attempting to bridge the gap between specialised scholarship in the humanistic disciplines and an interdisciplinary project of cultural analysis, Mieke Bal has written an intellectual travel guide that charts the course 'beyond' cultural studies. As with any guide, it can be used in a number of ways and the reader can follow or willfully ignore any of the paths it maps or signposts. Bal's focus for this book is the idea that interdisciplinarity in the humanities - necessary, exciting, serious - must seek its heuristic and methodological basis in concepts rather than its methods. Concepts are not grids to put over an object. The counterpart of any given concept is the cultural text or work or 'thing' that constitutes the object of analysis. No concept is meaningful for cultural analysis unless it helps us to understand the object better on its own terms. Bal offers the reader a sustained theoretical reflection on how to 'do' cultural analysis through a tentative practice of doing just that. This offers a concrete practice to theoretical constructs, and allows the proposed method more accessibility. Please note: illustrations have been removed from the ebook at the request of the rightsholder.

Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities

Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities
Author: Peter Levine
Release: 1995-01-01
Editor: SUNY Press
Pages: 279
ISBN: 0791423271
Language: en
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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.

White House Conference on the Humanities

White House Conference on the Humanities
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. Subcommittee on Select Education
Release: 1978
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 985
ISBN: STANFORD:36105045253627
Language: en
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The World Republic of Letters

The World Republic of Letters
Author: Pascale Casanova
Release: 2004
Editor: Harvard University Press
Pages: 420
ISBN: 067401345X
Language: en
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The "world of letters" has always seemed a matter more of metaphor than of global reality. In this book, Pascale Casanova shows us the state of world literature behind the stylistic refinements--a world of letters relatively independent from economic and political realms, and in which language systems, aesthetic orders, and genres struggle for dominance. Rejecting facile talk of globalization, with its suggestion of a happy literary "melting pot," Casanova exposes an emerging regime of inequality in the world of letters, where minor languages and literatures are subject to the invisible but implacable violence of their dominant counterparts. Inspired by the writings of Fernand Braudel and Pierre Bourdieu, this ambitious book develops the first systematic model for understanding the production, circulation, and valuing of literature worldwide. Casanova proposes a baseline from which we might measure the newness and modernity of the world of letters--the literary equivalent of the meridian at Greenwich. She argues for the importance of literary capital and its role in giving value and legitimacy to nations in their incessant struggle for international power. Within her overarching theory, Casanova locates three main periods in the genesis of world literature--Latin, French, and German--and closely examines three towering figures in the world republic of letters--Kafka, Joyce, and Faulkner. Her work provides a rich and surprising view of the political struggles of our modern world--one framed by sites of publication, circulation, translation, and efforts at literary annexation.

What s Happened to the Humanities

What s Happened to the Humanities
Author: Alvin B. Kernan
Release: 2014-07-14
Editor: Princeton University Press
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781400864522
Language: en
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This volume of specially commissioned original essays presents the thoughts of some of the most distinguished commentators within the American academy on the fundamental changes that have taken place in the humanities in the latter part of the twentieth century. In the transformation of American higher education from the university to the "demoversity," the humanities have become a less and less important part of education, a matter established by a statistical appendix and elaborated on in several of the essays. The individual essays offer close observations into how the humanities have been affected by declining academic status, by demographic shifts, by reductions in financial support, and by changing communication technology. They also explore the effect of these forces on books, libraries, and the phenomenology of reading in the age of images. When basic conditions change, theory follows, and several essays trace the appearance and effect of new relativistic epistemologies in the humanities. Social institutions change as well in such circumstances, and the volume concludes with studies of the new social arrangements that have developed in the humanities in recent years: the attack on professionalism and the effort to transform the humanities into the social conscience of academia and even of the nation as a whole. Cause and effect? Who can say? What the essays make clear, however, is that as the humanities have become less significant in American higher education, they have also been the scene of unusually energetic pedagogical, social, and intellectual changes. The contributors to the volume are David Bromwich, John D'Arms, Denis Donoghue, Carla Hesse, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Lynn Hunt, Frank Kermode, Louis Menand, Francis Oakley, Christopher Ricks, and Margery Sabin. Included is a substantial introduction by Alvin Kernan and an appendix of tables and figures showing baccalaureate and doctoral degrees over the years in various types of schools. Originally published in 1997. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Humanities and the Future of the University

The Humanities and the Future of the University
Author: University of Windsor. Humanities Research Group
Release: 1997
Editor: Windsor, Ont. : Humanities Research Group, University of Windsor
Pages: 112
ISBN: PSU:000033030159
Language: en
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Permanent Crisis

Permanent Crisis
Author: Paul Reitter,Chad Wellmon
Release: 2021
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780226738239
Language: en
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The humanities, considered by many as irrelevant for modern careers and hopelessly devoid of funding, seem to be in a perpetual state of crisis, at the mercy of modernizing and technological forces that are driving universities towards academic pursuits that pull in grant money and direct students to lucrative careers. But as Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon show, this crisis isn’t new—in fact, it’s as old as the humanities themselves. Today’s humanities scholars experience and react to basic pressures in ways that are strikingly similar to their nineteenth-century German counterparts. The humanities came into their own as scholars framed their work as a unique resource for resolving crises of meaning and value that threatened other cultural or social goods. The self-understanding of the modern humanities didn’t merely take shape in response to a perceived crisis; it also made crisis a core part of its project. Through this critical, historical perspective, Permanent Crisis can take scholars and anyone who cares about the humanities beyond the usual scolding, exhorting, and hand-wringing into clearer, more effective thinking about the fate of the humanities. Building on ideas from Max Weber and Friedrich Nietzsche to Helen Small and Danielle Allen, Reitter and Wellmon dig into the very idea of the humanities as a way to find meaning and coherence in the world. ,