In times when the need for humanist reflection in the academic training of the new generations is questioned, it is convenient to reflect on the meaning of all things human and on what we have come to refer to as humanities. A review on the meaning of humanitas is hence conducted, in the first section, through a brief historical overview that purposely endeavors to be a concise, archaeological panorama of the subject under discussion. In the second section, a reflection on the humanitas / sciences relationship is offered, attempting to persuade about the reciprocity needed for the understanding of what is human itself. The third section adds to said relationship the ethical issue - the dignity of the human being whose ethical ontological condition is inherent in their freedom. The fourth section shows the need for humanities in times of conflict and subsequent conciliation. The emergence of aesthetics and care as elements that contribute to broadening the sense of humanities, as well as to ensuring their validity is explored in the fifth and sixth sections, respectively.