Definitions for humanities

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts, arts(noun)

    studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)

    "the college of arts and sciences"

Wiktionary

  1. humanities(Noun)

    the branch of learning that includes the arts, classics, philosophy and history etc., but not the sciences

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humanities

    of Humanity

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  1. Humanities

    The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, and having a significant historical element, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences. The humanities include ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre. The humanities that are also sometimes regarded as social sciences include history, anthropology, area studies, communication studies, cultural studies, law and linguistics. Scholars working in the humanities are sometimes described as "humanists". However, that term also describes the philosophical position of humanism, which some "antihumanist" scholars in the humanities reject. Some secondary schools offer humanities classes, usually consisting of English literature, global studies, and art. Human disciplines like history, cultural anthropology and psychoanalysis study subject matters to which the experimental method does not apply, and they have access instead to the comparative method and comparative research.

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