08 Jul Introduction to the Humanities Courseware Coming Soon
What Are the Humanities?
Simply put, the Humanities study human culture throughout the world from the first moment of human existence until the present. Because all of cultural history is such a vast subject, humanists often aim to study specific reoccurring themes in culture, as well as certain cultures at certain times, and to investigate representative cultural production that best captures the human spirit—those “true and beautiful” works that best make sense of who we are, where we have come from and where we are going.
In “Culture and Values of the Western World,” we will focus principally on Western humanistic traditions from approximately 900 B.C. to the present day. We will be looking at how Western cultural traditions answer the perennial questions (“Who are we?” and “Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?”) in ways that seem to strike us as true, wise or beautiful.