'What have the Humanities to offer 21st-century Europe?'

Parker, Janet (2008). 'What have the Humanities to offer 21st-century Europe?'. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 7(1) pp. 83–96.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1474022207080851

URL: http://ahh.sagepub.com/content/7/1/83

Abstract

The Humanities have much to offer 21st-century Europe, in terms of both method and issues which may complement and correct those of Science and Social Science. These include, for instance, humanities' generation of plural narratives and plural explanations, of attention to singularity and complexity, and to others' sensibilities and ways of knowing. These disciplines provide higher order skills needed to engage and engage with the New Europe — rhetorical and communication skills, networked knowledge sharing, responsive and responsible citizenship. In interdisciplinary partnership with `hard' science research, the Humanities can offer ways of dealing with particularity and imagination, with issues of identity and sensibility, with encountering the other. At the same time, the humanities' own complex interpretative narratives and ability to generate and cope with complexity are vitalizing and enabling in a fearful, complex and supercomplex world.

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