Introduction to Humanities Chamberlain Academy What is the study of Humanities? Humanities is the study of classical languages, literature, philosophy, art, music, culture, and history as distinguished from the natural science. The Humanities What are Classical Languages? Classical languages are a language with a literature that is classical; usually ancient, it should be an independent tradition that arose mostly from its own; most classical languages are dead languages today. The Development of Classical Languages in print. What is Literature? Literature is the study of entire body of writings of a specific language, period of time, and people. Examples of Literature. What is Philosophy? Philosophy is the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. Five examples of Philosophy There are five forms of philosophy: 1. Metaphysics 2. Epistemology 3. Logic 4. Ethic 5. Aesthetics Metaphysics Metaphysics is the study of being. It is the fundamental nature of how and why things exist. Aristotle was a well known metaphysicist. Epistemology Epistemology is the study of how we know things. We use epistemology to decide the limits and boundaries of what can or cannot be known. Ethics Ethics is the study of moral standards and how they affect conduct. Logic Logic is the means of which we come to know anything. Aesthetics Aesthetics is the study of how and why something can be considered “beautiful” and what value we assign to that beauty. What is Art? Art is the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Examples of Art What is Culture? Culture is the beliefs, customs, practices, and social behavior of a particular nation or people. Examples of Culture What is History? History is a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating a particular people, country, period, person, etc; usually written as a chronological account. Examples of History Summary Humanities of the study of classical languages, literature, philosophy, art, music, culture, and history as distinguished from the natural science.
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