SCOPE: How do we decide whethet a particular discipline should be regarded as a human science?
Do the human sciences and literature provide different types of knowledge about human existence and behaviour?
How has technology had an impact on collective memory and how knowledge is preserved?
What is the difference between “data”, “information” and “knowledge”?
To what extent is our perspective determined by our membership of a particular culture?
To what extent does the fact that most early literature on indigenous societies was written from a non-indigenous perspective affect its credibility?
PERSPECTIVES: Is there such a thing as “obsolete” knowledge in the arts?
Can art change the way we interpret the world?
Does the transmission of knowledge from one person or generation to another depend on language?
What knowledge might be lost if the whole world shared one common language?
METHODS AND TOOLS: Does convention play a different role in the arts compared to other areas of knowledge?
Does sense perception perform a radically different role in the arts compared to other areas of knowledge?
What impact has social media had on how we acquire and share political knowledge?
What role do reason and emotion play in the formation of our political affinities or in our voting decisions?
ETHICS: How important is the study of literature in our individual ethical development?
Do we have an ethical responsibility to gain knowledge of different religions to help us better understand the world and those around us?
Does religion provide a way to systematize concepts of right and wrong?
Can we separate the moral character of the artist from the value of the artwork?