Though an unexpected expression, it is almost a perfect definition of the humanities. Thought, literature, art, music and religion are those that support individuals beyond the limited lives of individuals and values that people have created and conveyed as "human beings". The humanities deal with the meaning of such creation, and further attempt to trace their historical succession. From the lecture that the critics once gave at the private university in Kansai.
December 12, 2015
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun