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Humanities

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Humanities is an umbrella term for the interdisciplinary study of the human condition. In general, the humanities depart from the empirical approach of the scientific disciplines, applying the knowledge derived from many different fields of human endeavor to explore the myriad ways in which people document the human experience. Including fields such as philosophy, language, history, the arts, law, and religion, the humanities makes use of the immense variety of our modes of expression to wrestle with intellectual concerns in art, science, and literature.

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  1. Many of the traditions which we think of as very ancient in their origins were not in fact sanctioned by long usage over the centuries, but were invented comparatively recently. This book explores examples of this process of invention - the creation…
  2. Michel de Certeau considers the uses to which social representation and modes of social behavior are put by individuals and groups, describing the tactics available to the common man for reclaiming his own autonomy from the all-pervasive forces of…
  3. With the rise of science, we moderns believe, the world changed irrevocably, separating us forever from our primitive, premodern ancestors. But if we were to let go of this fond conviction, Bruno Latour asks, what would the world look like? His…
  4. Since its publication in 1990, "Gender Trouble" has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. As Judith…
  5. Key Contemporary Social Theorists is a comprehensive introduction to some of the most significant figures in social, cultural, political and philosophical thought of the twentieth century. This collection of newly commissioned entries offers…
  6. Citrullination is a post-translational modification that plays essential roles in both physiological processes and disease. Recent studies have found increased levels of citrullinated antithrombin in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in…
  7. What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we-in the West, at least-largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. In what will be a…
  8. It is argued that archaeology has made few contribu- tions to the general field of anthropology with regard to explaining cultural similarities and differences. One major factor contributing to this lack is asserted to be the tendency to treat…
  9. This book aims to show through a series of examples that an interpretive archaeology dealing with past meanings can be applied in practice to archaeological data, and that it can also contribute effectively to social practice in the world of today.…
  10. This book explores the challenges that faced humankind in a glacial climate and the opportunities that arose when the climate improved dramatically after the Ice Age. It weaves together studies of the climate with anthropological, archaeological and…
  11. "The Archaeology and Anthropology of Landscape" presents extensively revised versions of twenty eight papers given at the third World Archaeological Congress held in New Delhi in 1994. This collection provides new and varied case studies of…
  12. Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism and the experience of…
  13. Eric Zitzewitz of Dartmouth College reviews "Predictocracy: Market Mechanisms for Public and Private Decision Making" by Michael Abramowicz,. The EconLit Abstract of the reviewed work begins "Examines how institutions from legislatures to…
  14. Low-frequency 1 Hz) oscillations in intracellular recordings from cortical neurons were first reported in the anaesthetized cat and then also during natural sleep. The slow sequences of hyperpolarization and depolarization were reflected by slow…
  15. Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism and the experience of…

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