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Institute of Advanced Study

On the Future of the Humanities

Abstract

How can the humanities change what they study? How can literary manifestos transform literature, while philosophy produces new alternative worlds? This article offers a fresh look at the old division between theoretical and practical fields of knowledge and suggests futuristic direction for the humanities. The concept of ‘trans-humanities,' the transformative humanities, emphasizes the constructive rather than purely explorative aspect of humanistic inquiry.

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