Literature, Art, Humanities

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Literature, Art, Humanities
2011-10-15 00:20:29
Humanities Vocab

Chapter 1
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  1. The study of moral values of an individual, group, or culture
  2. The science and art of designing buildings and other structures
  3. A change of position, location, or timeframe
  4. The systematic investigation of fundamental questions concerning such matters as existence, reality, consciousness, knowledge, truth and justice
  5. The study of the creative and intellectual contributions of human cultures
  6. The position or perspective from which something is viewed or related
    Point of view
  7. A study derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
    Empirical Study
  8. The branch of formal philosophy concerned with the nature and limits of human knowledge
  9. The hero's journey archetype that appears in all cultures
  10. The emblematic mythic characters, images, plot patterns, symbols, and buried assumptions shared across cultures
  11. The combination of thesis and antithesis which produces a new and higher level of truth
  12. Reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
    Deductive Reasoning
  13. The environment and context in which a creative work is set or takes place
  14. A philosophy which asserts that the greatest happiness in life is found in avoiding pain
  15. The cultural movement of the Renaissance based on Greek and Roman classic literature that emphasized the dignity, worth and rationality of humankind
    Classical Humanism
  16. Reasoning that assumes the truth of an idea can be validated by its practical outcome
    Pragmatic reasoning
  17. Set of facts or circumstances that surround a work of art and help us determine and clarify its meaning
  18. A term describing an individual with broad knowledge and versatile talents spanning many intellectual and artistic disciplines
    Renaissance Man
  19. Use of symbol, object, or image to represent something else (concept or idea)
  20. A spontaneous, unstructured, creative, passionate reaction
    Dionysian Response
  21. The thousand-year period in European history from the fall of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance
    Middle Ages
  22. Greek term for erotic love or lust
  23. An artistic medium that uses the motion picture as a vehicle for story telling and other creative expression
  24. The basic element of music, also called a note; used to construct melody
  25. A conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful in art, culture, or nature
  26. Reasoning that proceeds from particular facts to a general conclusion
    Inductive Reasoning
  27. A mythic ceremony or ritual found in early societies designed to influence the behavior of deities or supernatural forces
    Sympathetic Magic
  28. Congruity or compatibility of parts with one another and with the whole; the state of all elements being in perfect balance
  29. They mythic quest in pursuit of some destination or goal whose attainment will lend greater meaning to life
    The Hero's Journey
  30. Employment of evocative images in works of art, especially poetry and literature, where words can summon up "mental pictures" for the reader
  31. A style of painting that creates the optical illusion of three dimensionality
    Trompe l'oeil
  32. Traditional stories of a people or culture that serve to explain some natural phenomenon, the origin of humanity, or customs or religious rites
  33. A challenge to or rejection of the orthodox doctrines of a religion or church
  34. The creative and intellectual contributions of humankind
  35. A colorful, image-filled, metaphor-rich use of language to describe art or life
    Figurative explanation
  36. An experience of beauty that inspires a feeling of pleasure which is its own justification
    Aesthetic Experience
  37. The systematic propagation of information promoting a doctrine or cause
  38. Characteristics of a work of art that identify it with a particular artist, region, artistic movement, or historic period
  39. Thinking in a linear, step-by-step manner about ideas or problems
  40. Greek term for platonic love
  41. The Buddhist guide to a life of peace and harmony including eight directives for living a "right" life
    the Eightfold Path
  42. A figure of speech in which something is explained in terms of something else
  43. A period in Western history, from the 14th through the 16th centuries, marked by a revival of interest in the culture of Greco-Roman antiquity and a flourishing of artistic and intellectual achievement
  44. An analytical, rational, objective reaction
    Apollonian Response
  45. Variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds or movements over time; in poetry, the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
  46. A method of designing controlled experiments, gathering data, and developing and testing hypotheses about the natural world
    Scientific Method
  47. Buddhist discipline that emphasizes the selfless action on behalf of others