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Humanities 2012, 1(1), 54-61; doi:10.3390/h1010054

Humanities — To Be or Not To Be, That Is the Question

Department of German Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Received: 7 September 2011 / Accepted: 12 September 2011 / Published: 16 September 2011
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Let us carry some proverbial owls to Athens or coals to Newcastle, that is, revisit issues that have been discussed and examined by so many different voices in the past and the present. However, those issues by themselves are so powerful and important, so urgent and difficult that we must never tire of examining them always anew because they pertain centrally to our own human existence and prove to be the defining factors for our survival as a species. Why do we need the humanities as an academic discipline in the university, or in our educational system at large? What role do the humanities play both inside and outside the academy? Most universities in this world somehow acknowledge the importance of languages, literatures, music, art history, philosophy, religion, and education. But when it comes to basic financial issues, the humanities tend to be the first victims of budget cuts, if we disregard specifically liberal arts colleges that focus on the humanities above all or exclusively. [...]
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