Right to Humanities: Of Faith and Responsibility

  • Denise Egéa-Kuehne


In the current context of globalization1 and sociopolitical conflicts, and of an increasingly bureaucratic approach to education through a business or industrial model, rights to Humanities education and the teaching of the Humanities take a new dimension and urgency, and present new challenges. Grounding this reflection in a reading of Derrida, I propose to explore the notion of heritage of a cultural memory before arguing the necessity of a right to the Humanities, and then I address the concurrent call for responsibility. The last section looks toward the concept of Humanities-to-come, and what Derrida calls “a profession of faith.”


Death Penalty Original Emphasis Cultural Legacy Cultural Memory Active Interpretation 
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