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The Value of the Humanities

Helen Small


This book is a critical study of the justifications for the humanities that have been most influential in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and still exert persuasive power now. The main claims considered are: —that the humanities study the meaning-making practices of the culture, focusing on interpretation and evaluation, with an indispensable element of subjectivity; (relatedly) that there are grounds for discrimination here from the sciences and social sciences on the basis of the kind of work done, the culture of knowledge, and the character of the disciplines; —that the humanities ar ... More

Keywords: defence of the humanities, public value, higher education, criticism, two cultures, use value, happiness, democracy, intrinsic value, ‘for its own sake’

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199683864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Small, author
Jonathan and Julia Aisbitt Fellow in English Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford

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