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The Amazon Rainforest of Pre-Modern Literature: Ethics, Values, and Ideals from the Past for Our Future. With a Focus on Aristotle and Heinrich Kaufringer

Department of German Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Humanities 2020, 9(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010004
Received: 3 December 2019 / Accepted: 18 December 2019 / Published: 24 December 2019
The tensions between the STEM fields and the Humanities are artificial and might be the result of nothing but political and financial competition. In essence, all scholars explore their topics in a critical fashion, relying on the principles of verification and falsification. Most important proves to be the notion of the laboratory, the storehouse of experiences, ideas, imagination, experiments. For that reason, here the metaphor of the Amazon rainforest is used to illustrate where the common denominators for scientists and scholars rest. Without that vast field of experiences from the past the future cannot be built. The focus here is based on the human condition and its reliance on ethical ideals as already developed by Aristotle. In fact, neither science nor humanities-based research are possible without ethics. Moreover, as illustrated by the case of one of the stories by Heinrich Kaufringer (ca. 1400), human conditions have always been precarious, contingent, puzzling, and fragile, especially if ethics do not inform the individual’s actions. Pre-modern literature is here identified as an ‘Amazon rainforest’ that only waits to be explored for future needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Amazon rainforest as laboratory; pre-modern literature; Aristotle; Heinrich Kaufringer; ethics; STEM; Humanities; STEAM; STEAHM Amazon rainforest as laboratory; pre-modern literature; Aristotle; Heinrich Kaufringer; ethics; STEM; Humanities; STEAM; STEAHM
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Classen, A. The Amazon Rainforest of Pre-Modern Literature: Ethics, Values, and Ideals from the Past for Our Future. With a Focus on Aristotle and Heinrich Kaufringer. Humanities 2020, 9, 4. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010004

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Classen A. The Amazon Rainforest of Pre-Modern Literature: Ethics, Values, and Ideals from the Past for Our Future. With a Focus on Aristotle and Heinrich Kaufringer. Humanities. 2020; 9(1):4. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010004

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Classen, Albrecht. 2020. "The Amazon Rainforest of Pre-Modern Literature: Ethics, Values, and Ideals from the Past for Our Future. With a Focus on Aristotle and Heinrich Kaufringer" Humanities 9, no. 1: 4. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010004

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