What are the humanities for? Hannah Arendt on “human”

HeadDe citaat hieronder komt uit Men in dark times, een essays- en artikelenbundel die Hannah Arendt publiceerde in 1968. Hoewel de aandacht van de Duitse filosofe was toentertijd gericht op veel ergere omstandigheden (in de recente geschiedenis van haar geboorteland en van de hele wereld) dan de huidige omwenteling bij de UvA, past haar bespiegeling over de betekenis van ‘humaan’ juist heel goed, en niet alleen letterlijk, over welke de rol van de humaniora is, en daarom bij de eerder deze week begonnen reeks citaten uit Stefan Collini’s What are universities for?.

«For the world is not humane just because it is made by human beings, and it does not become humane just because the human voice sounds in it, but only when it has become the object of discourse. However much we are affected by the things of the world, however deeply they may stir and stimulate us, they become human for us only when we can discuss them with our fellows. Whatever cannot become the object of discourse – the truly sublime, the truly horrible or the uncanny – may find a human voice through which to sound into the world, but it is not exactly human. We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human» (pp. 24-25).

Het plaatje met Spinoza komt uit de website Think humanities Amsterdam.

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