Literature and Theory

The Humanities Experience at Soka: Literature & Theory

The Map of Humanities: Three Sources at Play

The teaching of humanities at Soka combines and puts into play three distinct roots or traditions of the humanities learning:

1. Liberal arts and the art of liberty : Antiquity, Renaissance and the Humanistic ideal (15th century)

2. Arts and Sciences: the Romantic heritage and the creation of the Modern University (19th century)

3. The “Sciences of man” and the theory revolution: responding to the global techno-capitalist Modernity (20th century)

The practice of humanistic inquiry at Soka seeks to combine these traditions and open them up for a re-reading resonant with the stakes of our present: global diffusion of techno-capitalism, ecological crisis and the emergence of “life” as an artifact of re-creation and control.