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The Spirit of Humanities

Henning Ottmann ; Ludwig Maximilian University, Geschwister-Scholl-Institute, München, Germany

Puni tekst: njemački, pdf (317 KB) str. 101-107 preuzimanja: 575* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Ottmann, H. (2010). Der Geist der Geisteswissenschaften. Synthesis philosophica, 25 (1), 101-107. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Ottmann, Henning. "Der Geist der Geisteswissenschaften." Synthesis philosophica, vol. 25, br. 1, 2010, str. 101-107. Citirano 05.06.2020.
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Ottmann, Henning. "Der Geist der Geisteswissenschaften." Synthesis philosophica 25, br. 1 (2010): 101-107.
Ottmann, H. (2010). 'Der Geist der Geisteswissenschaften', Synthesis philosophica, 25(1), str. 101-107. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 05.06.2020.)
Ottmann H. Der Geist der Geisteswissenschaften. Synthesis philosophica [Internet]. 2010 [pristupljeno 05.06.2020.];25(1):101-107. Dostupno na:
H. Ottmann, "Der Geist der Geisteswissenschaften", Synthesis philosophica, vol.25, br. 1, str. 101-107, 2010. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 05.06.2020.]

Joachim Ritter and others tried to justify the humanities with a theory of “compensation”. According to Ritter, the humanities compensate the losses and risks caused by the progress of modernization. The theory of compensation seems to offer a justification of the humanities in relation to the dynamics of the modern world. Prima facie it seems to be attractive in times when the success of natural sciences and technology is evident and the humanities are put on the defensive. The article, however, raises four objections to the theory of compensation: the theory is characterized by an antiquarian interest in history; it takes into consideration only the conservative function of the humanities; it degrades the humanities to a mere appendix and supplement of cultural change; and it overestimates the competence of the humanities to balance the losses and risks of modernization. A treatise on the history of the church does not compensate modern losses of faith. An essay on Caspar David Friedrich is no compensation for a ruined landscape. The belief that every loss and damage finds its compensation probably refers back to the religious belief in forgiveness or the philosophical arguments for theodicy. The conclusion is that the humanities should not be justified by arguments of utility. They are “useful” because they do not have to be useful at all.

Ključne riječi
humanities; theory of compensation; modernity; progress; Joachim Ritter

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