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Humanist Archives: Dec. 20, 2018, 10:15 a.m. Humanist 32.280 - 'humanities' or 'human sciences'?

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        Date: 2018-12-20 10:05:05+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: humanities or human sciences?

This is a question about terminology, but I think not just that.

In the interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations I have these
days, I find that the term 'humanities', esp in a European context, is
not quite right for accomplishing the reach I want to achieve to
colleagues in anthropology, the interpretative social sciences and
history, for example. So I've found myself using the term 'human
sciences' (like Geisteswissenschaften, sciences humaines), at the same
time aware that for those who break out in spots when in proximity to
the natural sciences, this term may work against me. But I find that
there's so much in common with all the scientiae, so much that we in or
around or near digital humanities need to know about, that I also find
myself caring less and less about causing allergic reactions.

What do others do? I very much hope not strengthen the barricades in
view of the elders who rule within the fortifications.


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist

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