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Definition: humanities from

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subjects of study concerned with human ideas and behaviour, e.g. literature and philosophy

Summary Article: humanities from The Dictionary of Human Geography
Emerging in europe during the Renaissance from medieval scholastic study of the seven liberal arts (i.e. the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy, and the trivium of rhetoric, logic and grammar), the humanities today denotes both an approach to knowledge and a specific set of disciplines (see also humanism). As an approach to knowledge, the humanities are (still) characterized by broadly hermeneutic or interpretive methods and work through cycles of criticism rather than the establishment of theory and scientific law (see law, scientific), although concepts, the rule of evidence and logical argument are vital to their practice....    Continue Reading

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