Humanities Essays

How Is Linguistics a Scientific Study

When linguists claim that their discipline is the scientific study of language, they have in mind certain principles which distinguish between a scientific and a non-scientific study of language. First, linguistics is objective, that is, it considers all languages to be equal. For a linguist, there are no ‘primitive’, ‘pure’, ‘beautiful’, ‘cultural’, or ‘sophisticated’ languages. Objectivity is difficult to attain because language is so familiar to us that we can hardly dissociate ourselves from it. The objective study of language…

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Why Study Philosophy

The ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living. ” Philosophy provides students with the tools they need to critically examine their own lives as well as the world in which they live. Philosophers are, by definition, “lovers of wisdom” (from the Greek “philo” = love and “sophia” = wisdom). Have you ever wondered why many of your professors have a Ph. D. or “doctor of philosophy” even if they do not teach philosophy?…

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Dorothy and the Tree

Stanley Fish discusses how we in society base our lives off of assumptions. Using the example of Dorothy and the tree, Fish is able to show how with our assumptions, we as people categorize others and things into what we believe to be correct. Whether or not we have actually taken the time to figure out if we are right is irrelevant. He notes that we should just “keep trying to expand our sense of ‘us’ as far as we…

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Literature as Knowledge for Living

According to Vera M. Kutzinski in his introduction, Ottmar Ette was sent to the east of Germany after the reunification of Germany to strengthen academic institutions. There, universities were going to receive the so-called “Initiative for Excellence”, which would make German universities more competitive. But, when it came to application, a little percentage of humanities institutions were selected, because the focus was actually on science and technology. This fact was what fueled Ette to take a turn on his work…

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Should a Piece of Literature Be Judged on Its Literary Merits

Steven Brust once wrote: “In my opinion, the proper way to judge a novel is this: Does it give one an accurate reflection of the moods and characteristics of a particular group of people in a particular place at a particular time? If so, it has value. Otherwise, it has none. ” (Brust, Steven. 2005. Sethra Lavode). Brust, quite clearly has joined this debate regarding literary theories. He claims that if aspects of literary piece, aside from its own merits,…

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Social Sciences

In this article, Wikipedia states that Anthropology “has origins in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences,” citing Eric Wolf to support this claim. In the cited article, however, Wolf (1994:1) discusses how “ideas about race, culture, and peoplehood or ethnicity have long served to orient anthropology’s inquires, and justify its existence. ” He does not explicitly mention the humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. I think this citation may be a mistake. For example, the citation says…

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The Gods Must Be Crazy Film Book Analysis

The movie of the Gods must be crazy shows a blunt distinction among the cultures of the Bushmen and modern societies within communications amongst members from two very different cultures. There are many obvious differences in the characters actions, values and divergent worldly perspectives. This movie shows variations between anthropological culture and ethnocentrism. In a Bushmen culture it was very peaceful and had no social classes. I noticed that neither discipline nor was anything severe ever said to the youngsters…

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Hrm Final Project Topic

The topic I choose is, could the continuing advancement of technology create unforeseen ethical concerns? What might they be? I think that philosophy should not ignore technology. I believe that it is technology that makes society hang together. It is very important from an economic force as well as a cultural force. During the past centuries, the philosophy of technology has been concerned with the impact that technology has had on society. Mitcham (1994) calls this type of philosophy of…

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Is Caribbean Civilization Based on the Truth_

Caribbean Civilisation is not based on the truth. Historians gave us ideas about the history of Caribbean Civilisation and culture which were the bias of historical history. These ideas came to us via books or through oral history in stories and songs. The Cambridge Online Dictionary refers to civilization as “human society with its well-developed social organisation, or the cultural and way of life of a society or country at a particular period in time. ” Truth is the creation…

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Humanities of Hamlet

The humanities, like most academic disciplines, face questions of popular and public perception. The sciences, for instance, increasingly attract challenges, sometimes of dubious validity, from passionate advocates of so-called ‘deep ecology’ outside the academy, and from postmodern science studies within it. Educationists worldwide face growing discontent with the quality and character of public education. Anthropologists fend off endemic charges of political incorrectness while struggling with the possible demise of their discipline. The fine arts have become inured to occasional ugly…

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Anthropology Sociology

Culture as defined by anthropologist Tylor; “is that complex whole which includes the knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society. ” Greenblatt recognizes this definition as vague and more of a gesture towards other more specific cultures such as : “youth culture” or “human culture”. He makes his most definitive statement about culture when defining what it does not refer to- materials. Panegyric and satirical writing are…

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Siddhartha_ Balance of Life

The story of Siddhartha written by Herman Hesse is most likely the story that almost everyone goes through in life, but to a different degree. Siddhartha, the main character, sets out early in life to achieve his great enlightenment. He tries all the types of beliefs that claim that they can help him accomplish his goal, but he finds neither one any help and finds a void that can’t be filled through out his religious journey. After straying off his…

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Articulate Thought

“Articulate speech marks [people] out as [individuals] and in some settings, this can be rather dangerous because people are often suspicious and frightened of articulateness. ” (Humanities). Articulateness describes a person’s ability to express an idea coherently. A well articulated idea, concept or opinion, does not use proof based on a fallacy to back up its view. When people speak or write articulately, they are able to convey a message to others in a way that cannot be distorted. It…

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World History

World history, global history or transnational history (not to be confused with diplomatic or international history) is a field of historical study that emerged as a distinct academic field in the 1980s. It examines history from a global perspective. It is not to be confused with comparative history, which, like world history, deals with the history of multiple cultures and nations, but does not do so on a global scale. World History looks for common patterns that emerge across all…

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Alexander the Great

?The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture, using methods that are primarily analytical,[citation needed] critical, or speculative, and having a significant historical element,[1] as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences. [1]The humanities include ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, andvisual and performing arts such as music and theatre. The humanities that are also sometimes regarded as social sciences include history, anthropology, area studies,communication studies, cultural studies, law and linguistics. Scholars working in the…

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