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The Object of Study in the Humanities

Proceedings from the Seminar at the University of Copenhagen, September 2001

Rather than trying to carry out a synthesis of the heterogeneous fields covered by the Humanities, the aim of this book is to explore the grounding and orientation of the Humanities. Like Ts’ui Pên’s labyrinth in Jorge Luis Borges’s short story "The Garden of Forking Paths", the Humanities forms a vast network of diverging, converging and parallel lines. The reader may follow any number of itineraries when reading through the contributions, but at least one common concern of the articles in the present volume is the self-reflection of the human sciences. Whether expressed as a social or an epistemological task, it is ultimately the question of the self-understanding of the Humanities that is raised. In spite of the diversity of the themes treated, a claim of discourse unity emerges through the articles collected here. In this way, the coherence of working with and discussing the notion of the Humanities is reflected.

166 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2004

Education: Education--General Studies

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Table of Contents


The Task of the Humanities, Today
      Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Why Is a Humanist? The Freedom of Interpretation Revisited
      Kirsten Hastrup
Neo-modernism: A New Approach to the Humanities
      Jan Faye
Traffic Jam, or Objectivity and Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities
      Frederik Stjernfelt
The Assyriological University
      Mogens Trolle Larsen
Scholarship and the Scandal of Tradition
      Charles Lock
Postcolonial Studies: A Paradigm for Interdisciplinarity?
      Tabish Khair
Towards a New Philology of Culture
      Hans Lauge Hansen
The Humanities and Psychology in a Historical Perspective
      Arne Friemuth Petersen
The Face of the Author: A Sample of the History of the Humanities
      Julio Hans C. Jensen

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