Definition of humanities
The humanities are academic disciplines that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.
Examples of humanities in the following topics:
- The use of scientific methods differentiates the social sciences from the humanities.
- The Development of Social Science In ancient philosophy, there was no difference between science and humanities.
- Only with the development of mathematical proof did there gradually arise a perceived difference between scientific disciplines and the humanities or liberal arts.
- The social sciences occupy a middle position between the “hard” natural sciences and the interpretive bent of the humanities.
- To this day, math and science are often thought to be , "male" fields, while subjects in the humanities are considered to be the more natural province of women.
- Media studies may draw on traditions from both the social sciences and the humanities, but mostly from its core disciplines of mass communication, communication, communication sciences, and communication studies.
- In the humanistic parts of the discipline, these paradigms are referred to as social theory, often shared with the humanities.
- In the United States, the government funding proportion in certain industries is higher, and it dominates research in social science and humanities.
- In ancient philosophy, there was no difference between the liberal arts of mathematics and the study of history, poetry, or politics; only with the development of mathematical proofs did there gradually arise a perceived difference between scientific disciplines and the humanities or liberal arts.