Civic Humanities Network


Humanism as a topic has its birth in Renaissance. Cultivating humanities means, at that time, to assure a comprehension of the world centered in humans and not in God. It means in its core a rebellion to God.

That kind of world centered in humans at the expense of environment, animals and God has become a world fallen out with humans. We can acknowledge as products of the self-centered human's rationality some characteristics of our world as: pan-technicality, bio-engineering, pan-virtuality, hyper-economic- rationalism. This describes a post-human world.

Yet this post-human world is inhabited by humans. The aim of the Civic Humanities Network is to create a displacement in the idea of post-humanity (from post-humanism to civic-humanism) by interpreting the human as an ex-centric being. Human beings are the only ones in the material world that can "in-considering" themselves for the sake of others. Otherness is his most characteristic capacity. As a matter of fact, humans are the only ones in the material world that create cities. This civilizing human capacity stands out not only the selfishness of the "human world" defined by the rationalist humanists, but also the selfness of machines and other material objects that are being the main characters of the post-human world.

Civic humanities focus on aspects of humanities related with the study of this capacity of otherness of humans that allow them to create commonality.

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Montserrat Herrero
Civic Humanities Network
Institute for Culture and Society
Main Library
University Campus
31009 Pamplona

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