The Humanities in 2015: Why We Need Them and How They Contribute to Being Human


Michael F. Shaughnessy, PhD – Professor of Psychology, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, USA

Series: World Philosophy
BISAC: PHI000000

There is a crisis in the Humanities. This crisis encompasses the definition of the humanities, the depth, breath and scope of the humanities and the fact that the humanities has been diluted by various tangential fields over the last few decades. The authors address the need to recapture the beauty of the humanities, the importance of the humanities and the impact of the humanities on this, and future generations. Scholars in various fields (art, music, etc.) have endeavored to represent their discipline, while at the same time galvanizing the need for a more serious study of the humanities and the relevance and importance of the humanities. There are few books out there representing and advocating for this field. This text is a stellar attempt to resurrect the field of the humanities and highlight their importance. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The Humanities in Crisis: What Went Wrong and How to Restore Their Centrality in our Daily Lives (pp. 1-24)
Diana Sheets (English and History Departments, iFoundry Fellow University of Illinois, IL, US)

Chapter 2 – Humanities Education and the Gifted (pp. 25-44)
Steven I. Pfeiffer and Jordan Burko (Florida State University, FL, US)

Chapter 3 – Oh, the Humanities!‖: Socrates, Aristotle, Dilbert and Humanistic Education in Engineering at the University of Illinois (pp. 45-66)
Karen K. Hyman (Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education, University of Illinois. College of Engineering, IL, US)

Chapter 4 – Music As Part of the General Education Humanities Curriculum (pp. 67-78)
Tracy Carr (Eastern New Mexico University, NM, US)

Chapter 5 – The Fundamental Things Apply (pp. 79-88)
Bruce Gans (Chicago, IL, US)

Chapter 6 – The Best Argument for the Humanities (pp. 89-98)
Mark Bauerlein (Emory University, GA, US)

Chapter 7 – 1066 Isn‘t All That: Determining What Is Necessary to Teach About History and Its Relationship to the Humanities (pp. 99-110)
Donald C. Elder III (Eastern New Mexico University, IL, US)

Chapter 8 – Cultivating Critical and Creative Thinking and Visual Literacy through Contemporary Art Practice (pp. 111-122)
Jeanne Nemeth (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, US)

Chapter 9 – The Measure of a Man: Science Fiction and the Humanities (pp. 123-132)
Patrice Caldwell and Betty Williamson (Eastern New Mexico University, NM, US)

Chapter 10 – Teaching Mathematics As Religion: Implications for the Humanities (pp. 133-140)
Colin Hannaford (Oxford, England)

Chapter 11 – Multicultural Education and the Humanities (pp. 141-154)
Geni Flores (Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM, US)

Chapter 12 – The High School History Term Paper As an Introduction to the Humanities and Academic Rigor and Excellence (pp. 155-160)
Michael F. Shaughnessy (Eastern New Mexico University, NM, US)


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