Lecture 1: What are the Humanities and Why Should We Care?


Humanities (Speculative):

  • Study of human culture (anthro, socio, philosophy)
  • Pursuing knowledge for the sake of knowledge (Socratic way of reasoning )
  • Creating informed & critical citizens
  • Values doubt over certainty (Questioning authority, norms and dominant structures of power) —> Knowing where our info comes from & looking for faults
  • Analytic, Critical, interpretive and evaluative

Empirical Sciences (Knowable): Helps us understand quantifiable aspects of universe

  • Answers to specific questions (Observable phenomenon)

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