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The Humanities in the Age of Information and Post-Truth
edited by Ignacio Lopez-Calvo and Christina Lux
contributions by Doris Sommer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, David Theo Goldberg, David Palumbo-Liu, Robert Newman, David Castillo, William Egginton and Mariet Westermann
Northwestern University Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-8101-3912-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-3913-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-3914-5
Library of Congress Classification AZ183.U5H845 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 001.3071173

The essays in The Humanities in the Age of Information and Post-Truth represent a defense of the social function of the humanities in today's society. Edited by Ignacio López-Calvo and Christina Lux, the volume explains different ways in which the humanities and the arts, beyond their intrinsic and nonfunctional value, may be a valuable tool in our search for social justice, human empathy, freedom, and peace, all the while helping us answer many of the twenty-first century's big questions. Some essays explore the ways in which the humanities may help us imagine a different, more just world, and articulate politically effective mechanisms to achieve such goals. Others address the place of the humanities and the arts amid the ontological and epistemological uncertainties constantly produced in a fast-changing world. 

While the reader may suspect that these types of lucubration are a desperate reaction to decreased public funding for the humanities worldwide, a decreased enrollment of students, or anxiety over the future of our profession, there is in this volume a coherent argument for the continued need, perhaps more now than ever, to invest in humanities education if we are to have informed and socially conscious citizens rather than just willing consumers and obedient workers. Furthermore, the essays prove that the humanities and the arts are, after all, not a luxury but an integral part of a complete scholarly education.
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