The Value of the Humanities
The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. Through exploration of the humanities we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. These skills allow us to gain new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to business models and politics. The humanities help us to learn about the values of different cultures, about what goes into making a work of art, about how history is made. The humanities preserve the great accomplishments of the past; help us understand the world we live in, and give us tools to imagine the future. Looking to the past can help people understand more of the future. There is much to be learned from others and ancient art can shed new light on something. Any great work of art — whether literary, philosophical, psychological or visual — challenges a humanist to be curious, to ask open-ended questions, and see the big picture. Humanists are trained to be creative and are uniquely adapted to leading creative teams. A focus on writing helps people develop persuasive arguments, and a background in performance gives people great presentation skills. And an understanding of history is indispensable if you want to understand the broader competitive arena and global markets. Also, a person who has studied a foreign language or literature can run your overseas offices, or help with your global strategy by providing local insight or business analysis. Philosophers can help you with ethics. Historians can help you understand the past while giving you a picture of the future. References
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References: William H. McNeill, Why Study History? 1985
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