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Title: Geesteswetenschap, in drievoud
Author(s): VAN HEUSDEN, Barend
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 58    Issue: 4   Date: 2016   
Pages: 487-504
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.58.4.3200588

Abstract :
This paper aims at contributing to the discussion on the Humanities by arguing that the Humanities do not constitute a homogeneous whole, but in fact consist of three separate ‘domains’: that of an attitude (the domain of reflection), that of a skill (the domain of interpretation) and that of knowledge (the domain of a science of culture). Each domain is briefly characterized in terms of its properties, its problems, and its relation to the university. The lack of clarity concerning the relation between the three domains may well be an important reason for the ‘crisis’ the Humanities seem incapable of breaking away from.

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