A key part of discovering your own understanding of a concept is knowing how you personally define related ideas. Below I will define a few key concepts from this course, the body, humanities and Humanities.
What is a body? What is the body? Now these are 2 very different questions if you think about it. “The” places limitations on body. “The” implies a specific body, maybe the human body? Well, what is the human body? That is simple, the human body is a makeup of cells which forms tissue which forms organs which makeup systems which in turn make up the body. But what is a body? In my opinion that question is asking about more than a physical description of limbs. It is asking how they come to be, what they become when they are formed. About bodies of people, groups, collections of thoughts and ideas, so much more than a bunch of cells. A body is a collection. The human body, as said before is a collection of cells. There can be a collection of anything and that, in my opinion makes all of those collections, bodies.
I think another way to define body is to look at what is defined by the idea of a body. I think my person, ideas, experiences, thoughts and everything else that make me who I am make up my body. To me my body is both physical and mental, everything I am. Well, that is different than the answer to “what is the human body?” isn’t it? This definition is one of a body, my body. It is defined by me, who I believe I am. This is an important distinction because it opens doors to what it could mean rather than closing them to what it does mean.
Plan for references: (will be elaborated on in final portfolio)
Robb- cognitive relativism
Fache- the literal body (black body as physical body but also body of all black people represented in this collective group)
Green- collective group of people being oppressed, pipeline
Tamara- Rwandan body being separated based on looks instead of genetics, what decides what you use
Sapare Aude- Lorde and the effect of changes on a body on the mind
2 notebook pic- baartman page 7, tamara page 14
Humanities as well as humanities to me are combinations of perspectives, ways of life, focuses, priorities and experiences. They are both similar in that they both encompass so much and they both have a focus on including everything. Humanities includes all students, even students not from humanities and I think that is part of why I love it so much. Its goal is to show everything, have a little bit of every perspective and be open to students to give every bit of their opinions at any time. humanities is about the same things, a whole perspective and getting to know the pieces which create a whole understanding. People who focus on humanities are concerned with culture, art, society, history, or everything that is not natural science. This wide lens allows for fuller understanding all within one area of study and also creates a space where all ideas are welcome which is part of why a class teaching this subject would be the same.
What is Humanities?
What is humanities?
Robb- Appiah and 3 conditions of knowledge, belief, truth, justification all apply to both humanities and Humanities because it is all a search for a whole and complete truth.
Fache- portraying the stories of others and finding a full story/perspective, using what we know and not creating a false truth to make ourselves feel better.
Green- one must participate in their own liberation, cannot free themselves from ignorance
Tamara- having humanity or lack thereof and how that applies to hum/Humanities
Sapare Aude- kant, cannot force enlightenment on someone.
2 notebook pic- page 5 Boal reference, page 8 with description of dissect at top of page