Oh, the Humanities

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 27, 2011

» Husky Dick and Chubby Jane: A Century of Childhood Obesity in the United States(Laura Louise Dawes, Department of History of Science at Harvard)

Hats off to Dawes for having a timely title that's comprehensible to the general reader to boot. Also, husky dick.


» Rational Humility and Other Epistemic Killjoys(Ekaterina Dimitrova Vavova, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT)

Rational humility is a Kantian term that, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, is "possible only to one who has in himself the measure of his own weakness." Why this kills our epistemic buzz we cannot say, but we're intrigued.

» The Development of the Hezekiah Complex: Literature, History and Theology(Song-Mi Park, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard)

Hezekiah, the 14th King of Judah, steered Jerusalem through the Assyrian siege and prohibited worship of foreign deities in the temple. Mr. Hezekiah, along with Du-Lilz, gets a shout-out on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the Bible of Wu-Tang studies. We refuse to look at the abstract, so we'll guess Park's paper concerns the latter.

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