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Why practical humanities?

“Knowledge of the Humanities is no practical response to most pressing practical challenges we face.” Or so goes the economic argument against humanities that we keep hearing. In reality, research in the humanities has had a profound impact on our contemporary societies and cultural forms. Yet, practical and humanities are not words that you often find put together – unless  of course it is to say that humanities have no practical use for dealing with the variety of challenges that currently are pestering humankind and life on Earth. It is tempting to call for technological innovation rather than turn to a historian or linguist – not…

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