History and Philosophy of the Humanities
History and Philosophy of the Humanities
An Introduction
Michiel Leezenberg
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'History and Philosophy of the Humanities: An Introduction is a book that gives structure and meaning to a rich and vital academic field. It is well-structured, clearly written, and with useful summaries at the end of each chapter. A guiding light for our academic thinking and practice.'
- Frits van Oostrom, University Professor, Utrecht University, former president of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences

Michiel Leezenberg, Gerard de Vries

History and Philosophy of the Humanities

An Introduction

The humanities include disciplines as diverse as literary theory, linguistics, history, film studies, theology, and philosophy. Do these various fields of study have anything in common that distinguishes them from, say, physics or sociology? The tripartite division between the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities may seem self-evident, but it only arose during the course of the 19th century and is still contested today.

History and Philosophy of the Humanities: An Introduction presents a reasoned overview of the conceptual and historical backgrounds of the humanities. In four sections, it discusses:
  • - the most influential views on scientific knowledge from Aristotle to Thomas Kuhn;
    - the birth of the modern humanities and its relation to the natural and social sciences;
    - the various methodological schools and conceptual issues in the humanities;
    - several themes that set the agenda for current debates in the humanities: critiques of modernity; gender, sexuality and identity; and postcolonialism.

Thus, it provides students in the humanities with a comprehensive understanding of the backgrounds of their own discipline, its relation to other disciplines, and the state of the art of the humanities at large.
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Michiel Leezenberg

Michiel Leezenberg teaches in the Philosophy department and in the MA programme 'Islam in the Modern World' at the University of Amsterdam.

Gerard de Vries

Gerard de Vries is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Science at the University of Amsterdam.

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