It isn't too far off the mark to say that the humanities are a set of stories about how human beings live and work with other human beings. Fortuitously, that definition is loose enough to include much of social science and some hard science too. We tell stories about ourselves to help understand ourselves. This, of course, is one of the major justifications for literature.
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