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DOI 10.12887/28-2015-1-109-19



Catherine MALABOU – The Future of Humanities (trans. D. Chabrajska)


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The author postulates that the frontiers between the humanities and science must be redrawn, since science is gradually becoming a discourse on frontiers and limits, which used to be the traditional domain of the humanities. According to the author, the humanities, especially continental philosophy, are not longer able to accurately think their own plasticity, and their dialogue with neurobiology, in which the concept of plasticity (under the name of neuroplasticity) is central, remains a must. In order to explicate the necessity of the dialogue in question, the author analyzes two philosophical texts, both devoted to the question of the future of the humanities, namely Michel Foucault’s essay “What is Enlightenment?”, and Jacques Derrida’s lecture “The Future of the Profession of the University Without Condition,” and confronts them with Immanuel Kant’s famous opinion on “What is Enlightenment?” expressed in the survey made by Berlinische Monatsschrift in 1784.

Summarized by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: the humanities, future of the humanities, plasticity, limit, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Enlightenment, Kant, neuroscience, plasticity of the brain

The article “The Future of Humanities” was originally published in Transeuropéennes. International Journal of Critical Thought. The Editors of Ethos are grateful to Catherine Malabou for her consent to the publication of the Polish translation of this text.
© 2014 by Transeuropéennes. International Journal of Critical Thought.

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
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  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887