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The Art of Being Human introduces readers to the ways in which the humanities can broaden their perspective, enhance their ability to think critically and creatively, and enrich their lives. This highly-respected book has been lauded for its scope of topics, accessibility, and lucid writing style. Chapter topics include myth, literature, art, music, television, cinema, and the theater. Also discussed are provocative issues in the humanities - religion, morality, happiness, death, freedom, and controversies in the arts. The thematic organization of the book allows readers to concentrate on one artistic mode at a time. More than 160 black and white photos and two eight-page full-color photo inserts give readers a visual appreciation of the arts. For those interested in the appreciation of the humanities.
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Table of Contents
Chronological List of Names.
I. EXAMINING OUR LIVES. 1. 2000 and Beyond: You and the Humanities.
2. Apollo and Dionysus.
3. Technology and Humanity.
4. Critical Enjoyment of the Media.
II. MAKING THE HUMANITIES. 5. Poets and Storytellers.
6. The Visual Artist.
7. Music: Song, Dance, and Orchestra.
8. The Masks of Theater.
9. The Motion Picture: Art and Industry.
10. The Philosopher of the West.
11. The Philosopher of the East.
12. Morality: Doing the Right Thing.
III. THEMES AND SYMBOLS IN THE HUMANITIES. 13. Happiness: Leading the Good Life.
14. Mythic Elements in Art and Literature.
16. Death Attitudes and Life Affirmation.
17. Nature in the Humanities.
18. Society Versus the Humanities.