Acknowledgments: The original manuscript of this article was presented as a keynote speech at the symposium “Is There, Can There Be, such an Activity as World Humanities?” Simon Fraser University, January 27–28, 2012.
Thoughts on the Idea of a World Humanities
Article first published online: 29 NOV 2012
© 2012 Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 549–570, December 2012
How to Cite
Armour, L. (2012), Thoughts on the Idea of a World Humanities. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 39: 549–570. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6253.2012.01745.x
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 29 NOV 2012
The humanities create communities of meaning and the means to unify knowledge. Poets and novelists offer new insights into our shared mind. History provides our continuity. Philosophy struggles to unite our scientific knowledge with our understanding of values. Each discipline creates its own perspective and they often turn inward, creating new divisions. Yet a global view of the humanities is our hope of finding the means to live together in peace. But the argument in this article suggests that a philosophical understanding of the basic concepts with which we order our claims about the world can provide a successful response.