A research prospectus for the humanities

Wright, L.S. (2006) A research prospectus for the humanities. In: Shifting boundaries of knowledge: A view on social sciences, law and humanities in South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, pp. 65-78. ISBN 1-86914-106-7

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Abstract

The humanities in South Africa, as elsewhere, face a crisis of credibility.There is pressing need for the humanities to articulate their social and educational purpose more clearly, so that their academic value is recognised beyond the confines of academia.The aim of reshaping human character and society remains the foundational impulse of the humanities. This is achieved through the careful study of specially selected exemplary 'texts': literary works, fine art, social schemes, intellectual movements, historical episodes, and philosophical and religious outlooks.Students are required to respond in person to both 'text' and the discourse of which it is an exemplary instantiation. This is the manner in which they act to influence character and society.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Humanities, South Africa, university education,national research agendas, Afrocentric/Eurocentric,graduate studies, Schopenhauer, Michael Oakeshott, Robert Nozick, Charles Taylor
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1033
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:22 Aug 2008
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:19
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