Abstract

After reviewing recent claims about the crisis of the humanities, this introductory essay questions the terms on which some self-described humanists have proposed to defend the humanities, focusing in particular on the conceptual couplet of “crisis” and “defense.” Turning to Hannah Arendt’s 1961 essay “The Crisis in Education,” the essay then argues that questioning, more than defense, is the most fitting response to crisis. It concludes by outlining a number of problematics, ranging from technoscience and cybernetics to theology and translation, that together call for renewed questioning today.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1542-4286
Print ISSN
0093-3139
Pages
pp. 191-220
Launched on MUSE
2015-05-04
Open Access
No
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