Publié le June 20, 2024 | Updated on June 20, 2024

Sverre Raffnsøe : A History of the Humanities in the Modern University

A Productive Crisis

This book challenges commonplace assertions that the humanities are presently undergoing a severe crisis as a result of a longstanding decline. Rather than hearkening to the widespread, reactive call for a last-ditch defense of the humanities under attack from an ungracious world, this book fundamentally reverses the perspective and makes a plea for a different, affirmative approach. It contends that the humanities have incessantly arrived at critical turning points since they were first constituted in a form that remains recognizable today and assumed a leading role in knowledge organization with the establishment of the modern university around 1800. Assuming a historical perspective, the monograph takes the human sciences back to their rightful place in the family tree of sciences and gives due recognition to their continuously decisive role in the production of new knowledge and the creation of new fields of knowledge. Situating the ongoing gemmation of the humanities in a broader context, this monograph also offers an encompassing introduction to the over-all development of knowledge in the last two hundred years.

Book available: Springer

  • Editor
    Palgrave Macmillan
  • Author(s)

    Sverre Raffnsøe is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Business Humanities and Law, Copenhagen Business School. He is editor-in-chief of Foucault Studies and research director of The Human Turn (HUMAN) and Management of Self-Management, research programmes funded by Velux Fonden. In addition to Foucault: Studienhandbuch (Fink Verlag, 2010), Foucault: A comprehensive Introduction (Palgrave, forthcoming 2012), Nietzsches “Genealogie der Moral” (Fink Verlag, 2007) and Coexistence without Common Sense, Vol. I-III (doctoral dissertation 2002), he is the author of books and articles on philosophical aesthetics, management philosophy, social philosophy and recent French and German philosophy.
    He was a 2020-21 Fellow at the Collegium de Lyon.