Special Issue "The Challenges of the Humanities, Past, Present, and Future - Volume 1"


A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Classen
Department of German Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Website: http://aclassen.faculty.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: aclassen@email.arizona.edu
Phone: +1 520 621-1395
Fax: +1 520 626-8268
Interests: medieval and early modern cultural history and humanities; premodern gender studies; history of mentality; comparative literature

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Prof. Dr. Albrecht Classen
Guest Editor


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  • humanities
  • legitimization
  • the canon
  • the academy
  • meaning of life
  • dialogue across the disciplines

Published Papers (8 papers)

Humanities 2014, 3(3), 398-414; doi:10.3390/h3030398
Received: 9 June 2014; in revised form: 14 August 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 29 August 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(3), 379-397; doi:10.3390/h3030379
Received: 30 April 2014; in revised form: 8 August 2014 / Accepted: 11 August 2014 / Published: 15 August 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(3), 340-378; doi:10.3390/h3030340
Received: 28 April 2014; in revised form: 1 August 2014 / Accepted: 4 August 2014 / Published: 11 August 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(3), 299-312; doi:10.3390/h3030299
Received: 28 April 2014; in revised form: 20 June 2014 / Accepted: 24 June 2014 / Published: 30 June 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(3), 264-282; doi:10.3390/h3030264
Received: 9 April 2014; in revised form: 19 June 2014 / Accepted: 19 June 2014 / Published: 25 June 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(2), 244-263; doi:10.3390/h3020244
Received: 30 April 2014; in revised form: 16 June 2014 / Accepted: 16 June 2014 / Published: 20 June 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(1), 73-87; doi:10.3390/h3010073
Received: 5 January 2014; in revised form: 24 February 2014 / Accepted: 25 February 2014 / Published: 5 March 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(1), 1-18; doi:10.3390/h3010001
Received: 20 August 2013; in revised form: 22 September 2013 / Accepted: 16 December 2013 / Published: 23 December 2013
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Last update: 11 October 2013

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