The Humanities and Heritage

I have a little personal research project partially on the backburner, my own view of digital humanities. To improve my viewpoint I have been reading articles on the Internet (our library is a bit behind in this area) on definitions of humanities, for I think that is part of the problem in defining “digital humanities”. Lo and behold I found this (interesting if ironic) definition of humanities, with a strong emphasis on heritage:

National Endowment For The Humanities

According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”


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