Re-Calling the Humanities

Language, Education, and Humans Being

  • Authors
  • Russell H. Hvolbek

Part of the Educational Futures book series (EDUFUT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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      Pages 1-5
  2. Grounding the Humanities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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      Pages 9-25
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      Pages 27-40
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  3. An Intellectual Interlude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
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      Pages 57-72
  4. Issues in The Humanities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Russell H. Hvolbek
      Pages 75-87
    3. Russell H. Hvolbek
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    4. Russell H. Hvolbek
      Pages 107-119
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 121-122

About this book


The author has two goals: 1) to reintroduce humanity to the humanities, and 2) to present a foundation constructed in the reality of the natural languages upon which the studies of human thought and behavior can be successfully understood and explained. In the first section of the book the effects of language upon human behavior are illustrated. It is argued that as water is to fish, language is to humans: the medium in which they live, think, and discover reality. The idea that humans are not simply biological animals, but thought evolving in language—humans are the conversations they construct in language—is amplified. The second section of the book discusses what this means for the subjects we call the humanities. Grounded within the hermeneutic theories of Hans Georg Gadamer, the book is addressed to all the students, the teachers, and the teachers of the teachers of literature, poetry, history, and philosophy; in short, to the humanities and those who desire to comprehend and explain what we humans—beyond pure biology—understand and have made of ourselves.


education hermeneutics historical consciousness humanities mental horizons self-consciousness teaching Language

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