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To the Anxious Humanities Scholar

Moran, J (2021) To the Anxious Humanities Scholar. Critical Quarterly, 63 (2). pp. 4-23. ISSN 0011-1562

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This article addresses the humanities scholar who fears that the humanities are increasingly seen as irrelevant and unnecessary. It offers a defence of the humanities which resists the tired trope of science as mechanical and dehumanising, and instead recognises that the sciences and the humanities are of equal and incommensurable value. The humanities interpret human artefacts using human skills: looking, listening, speaking, reading, writing. They deal with the untidy, non-abstractable state of being human. Where the sciences distil, purify and universalise, the humanities enrich and particularise. They seek illuminating complication rather than science’s beautiful simplicity. They are an ongoing lesson in otherness, in the infinite mystery and irreducibility of every human life. They remind us of the messy humanity behind the metric-driven, quasi-rationalistic, algorithmic world conjured up in the language of managerialism and techno-consumerism. They show that human lives, in all their brevity, confusion, pain and joy, are meaningful.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2002 Cultural Studies, 2005 Literary Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 11:47
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:43
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/criq.12608
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13600
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