Humanities

DEFINITION

The liberal arts ? the non-scientific branches of study, such as philosophy, history, literature, and the arts, that are concerned with human thought and culture. On the other hand, Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911, German historian, psychologist, sociologist, philosopher, and student of hermeneutics) called the humanities (particularly history, law, literary criticism) the "spiritual sciences," as distinct from the the "natural sciences" (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology).Other resources concerned with the humanities: Yahoo's links to humanities sites. Also see humanism, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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