Defining the Humanities

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Defining the Humanities Paper
University of Phoenix
Introduction to Humanities - The Ancient World to Medieval Times HUM/100
Isabelle Rucks
November 15, 2010

Defining the Humanities Paper
Introduction
The purpose of this paper is to define the humanities and explain how the humanities differ from other forms of human expression and inquiry. The author of the paper will describe a cultural event that she has experienced or encountered and explain how this cultural event expressed what she knew about the humanities, style, art, genius, and culture of the time period that it represents. The paper will also discuss how the author’s form of cultural expression of choice compares with other forms she knows about from the same era. What is the Humanities

The humanities are an extensive discipline that uncovers how people throughout history have expressed, dealt with and understood the details surrounding human life and values or situations. The humanities also focus on the various contributions of human beings both individually and collectively in the advancement of the many art forms that now exist. Today when one thinks of the humanities he or she will think of those areas concerned with the advancement in other disciplines such as the sciences, math, and psychology and other disciplines and professions all of which are a part of human culture. The humanities include avenues that study human beings, their culture, and the way they express themselves. The humanities can be distinguished from other disciplines such as the social sciences, physical and biological because the humanities include the study of human subjects and the study of languages and literatures, the arts, history, and philosophy while all other forms of human inquiry are limited to the study of subjects that are not human (Fiero, 2011). Selected Cultural Event

An example of a cultural event that I experienced was a performance that my daughter was...
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