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The Humanities and Public Life
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Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
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ISBN 10 : 082325707X
Pages : 172 pages
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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.

The Humanities and Public Life

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

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Human Humanities

"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,

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National Endowment for the Humanities     Annual Report

Download or read online National Endowment for the Humanities Annual Report written by National Endowment for the Humanities, published by Unknown which was released on 1979. Get National Endowment for the Humanities Annual Report Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Value and the Humanities

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.

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

Download or read online The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces a Special Initiative for the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution written by Anonim, published by Unknown which was released on 1983. Get The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces a Special Initiative for the Bicentennial of the United States

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A New History of the Humanities

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

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

Download or read online National Endowment for the Humanities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Hiring Policies written by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations. Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee, published by Unknown which was released on 1984. Get National Endowment for the Humanities and the Equal Employment Opportunity

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The Value of the Humanities

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

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The Humanities and the Dream of America

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.

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Travelling Concepts in the Humanities

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

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Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment

Download or read online Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment written by William S. Brockman, published by Digital Library Federation which was released on 2001. Get Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities

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.

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Mobility and the Humanities

Over the past twenty years there has been something of a ‘mobilities turn’ across many disciplines in the social sciences. This book charts the increasing influence this turn is having on scholars in the arts and humanities, tracing the importance of questions and feelings of movement to scholars and arts

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