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A New History of the HumanitiesThe Search for Principles and Patterns from Antiquity to the Present$
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Rens Bod

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665211.001.0001

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Conclusions: Insights from the Humanities that Changed the World

Conclusions: Insights from the Humanities that Changed the World

(p.352) 6 Conclusions: Insights from the Humanities that Changed the World
A New History of the Humanities

Rens Bod

Oxford University Press

The quest for methodical principles and empirical patterns is found from Antiquity to the present throughout all regions. This chapter brings these principles and patterns together and discusses the insights from the humanities that ‘changed the world’. It also goes into the relationship between the humanities and the sciences. The history of the humanities indicates that precise methods are not limited to the natural sciences, and that ‘world-changing discoveries’ are made in all disciplines. Finally, the future of the humanities is discussed by focusing on three current trends: the cognitive turn, the digital approach, and the integration with the (social) sciences.

Keywords:   World-changing insights, Relation humanities and science, Future of the humanities

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