Mira Miladinović Zalaznik – Dean Komel (Eds.):

Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit als Herausforderung der Humanwissenschaften

Freedom and Justice as a Challenge of the Humanities

Peter Lang Verlag, Bern 2018.

The humanities represent the foundation of the cultural-civilizatory heritage of contemporary world. However, it seems that the socio-economic development and techno-scientific progress have on a global level forced them to the margins of society, and weakened their role in education, culture, and research. The confrontation with current social crises, which have affected our understanding of freedom and justice, motivates a renewed awareness of the importance of humanistic tradition for the acceptance and creation of a common future, as well as for the recognition of diversity of the world and dignity of the individual. Contributions by 22 authors in the collective volume of the Forum for the Humanities discuss the significance and perspectives of the humanities today.

Phainomena, XXVI, 102–103, November 2017

The occasion of the hundred years of historic continuity, which we usually willingly celebrate, is accompanied by the emergence of an immense machination that concerns the understanding of the sense of humanity. Today, we find ourselves in a situation rendering even the labels of “the humanities”, “humanism”, and “humanitarianism” as mere pretense with regard to what has befallen the fundament of the dimension of being-human under the banner of progress supposedly upholding the established order. Contributions in this year’s international issue of the journal Phainomena entitled ONE HUNDRED PER CENT discuss the philosophical-historic and socio-critical aspects of the contemporary condition humaine.

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