Challenges of the Humanities, Past, Present, and Future, The
MDPI AG - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2015.
Título de la serie/colección:Humanities. ISSN 2076-0787,
Colección: Directory of Open Access Books
Resumen (en inglés): One of the key issues which have faced the humanities throughout time simply pertains to their justification, legitimization, and hence acceptance in the canon of subjects at the academy. At the same time all cultures have been fundamentally determined by humanities. Yet the increasing capitalization of our world today, oriented toward profit making only, represents a new dimension in the attack on the humanities. Of course, there could be a lot of hype in such cheap shots against literature, the arts, philosophy, religion, or history, but in the present climate everywhere money seems to matter most. Nevertheless, as numerous influential scholars have argued recently, such an approach can only be called short-sighted and ultimately self-destructive since human life in all of its dimension requires considerably more than money, which is certainly necessary, but only a medium for other ends. We do not need to preach to the converted, but we need to engage the community of scholars in the humanities and their allies in all other disciplines to embrace the ideals represented by the humanities and explain effectively and convincingly what we can achieve, why we are important, if not essential, and how we can establish dialogues across the disciplines for the improvement of all human lives. Papers are invited that will probe more deeply what it means to pursue humanistic scholarship and how this can be connected with the basic human quest for meaning. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.