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Why the Humanities Matter: A Commonsense Approach

Frederick Luis Aldama

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ISBN 10: 0292725930 / ISBN 13: 9780292725935
Published by University of Texas Press, 2010
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Title: Why the Humanities Matter: A Commonsense ...

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Is there life after postmodernism? Many claim that it sounded the death knell for history, art, ideology, science, possibly all of Western philosophy, and certainly for the concept of reality itself. Responding to essential questions regarding whether the humanities can remain politically and academically relevant amid this twenty-first-century uncertainty, Why the Humanities Matter offers a guided tour of the modern condition, calling upon thinkers in a variety of disciplines to affirm essential concepts such as truth, goodness, and beauty.

Offering a lens of "new humanism," Frederick Aldama also provides a liberating examination of the current cultural repercussions of assertions by such revolutionary theorists as Said, Foucault, Lacan, and Derrida, as well as Latin Americanists such as Sommer and Mignolo. Emphasizing pedagogy and popular culture with equal verve, and writing in colloquial yet multifaceted prose, Aldama presents an enlightening way to explore what "culture" actually does—who generates it and how it shapes our identities—and the role of academia in sustaining it.

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Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.

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