CHAPTER 1 - General Overview of the Humanities

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General Overview of the Humanities

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Defining Humanities The Scope of Humanities The Importance of Humanities

Defining Humanities The Humanities embrace literature, languages, music, art and even history and philosophy (Charles Keller, 1963). The humanities are concerned with the thoughts, creations and actions of man in the past and in the present.

Defining Humanities It impel man to ask questions like: Who am I? Where have I come from? What is the meaning of life? What can I do to become and remain an effective, responsible member of society?

Human Cultured RefinedSo what exactly do the Humanities involve?

By studying ART. Art shows man s thoughts, feelings and emotions.

How is this purpose achieved then?

Scope of Humanities

Visual Arts Music Literature Dance Drama and Theater

How are emotions shown in the visual arts? Are feelings really portrayed in these arts?

What emotions does this painting show?The Scream by Edvard Munch

Music as food

for the soul.

Do we sing for fame?

Again, how can music make man more human?

Do we dance toexpress our emotions?

show how we feel?demonstrate our thoughts?

portray beauty strength and and femininity? masculinity?

to impress and gain RESPECT?

to show love and compassion

joy and


fear, sorrow or sadness?


So, how relevant is drama in our

everyday lives?

So, how relevant is humanities in our

everyday lives?

Life is an art.

We paint it with vibrant and rich colors or with hues of agony and despair.

We write our own music and lyrics.

We portray different roles and we become both protagonists and antagonists.

We go with the flow; we dance with life s rhythms and beats.


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