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One, two or three cultures? Humanities versus natural and social sciences in modern Germany

Sala, Roberto. (2013) One, two or three cultures? Humanities versus natural and social sciences in modern Germany. Journal of the knowledge economy, 4 (1). pp. 83-97.

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Abstract

The central aim of this article is to clarify some central theoretical issues concerning the relationship between academic disciplines and society in late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Germany. At first glance, the history of science confirms the view commonly held today, of natural sciences and technology eroding the position of forms of knowledge related to the study of cultural phenomena. By linking the crisis of the humanities to the progress of the natural sciences, however, there is a danger of misrepresenting both of them as monolithic epistemic cultures. In reality, the German term Geisteswissenschaften acquired its meaning in sharp competition with other categories. In this context, the Geisteswissenschaften were perceived as “useless” not only by contrast with the impressive technological applications of the “natural sciences”, but also with the bid for political relevance made by the “social sciences”. The “crisis of the humanities” can, therefore, not be overcome without reflecting on science as a whole and conceptualizing the function of the humanities in positive terms.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte
UniBasel Contributors:Sala, Roberto
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1868-7865
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:13 Feb 2019 15:04
Deposited On:04 Sep 2015 14:30

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