The Dialogue Between the Sciences and the Humanities
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This paper takes as its starting point, C.P. Snow's proposition, put forth in his work, "The Two Cultures", that the sciences and the humanities represent two cultures that are gradually drifting apart and that and that each is becoming increasingly ignorant of and alien to the other. Snow further contends that true knowledge requires both disciplines, and that the consequence of specialization is that both the scientist and the intellectual are becoming effectively ignorant. From this point of view Snow advocates a meeting of these two cultures. This essay shows that Snow's proposition, though well-meaning, fails to take into consideration the true nature of science.
From the Paper:"Though C P Snow claims to be speaking from a common ground between the two cultures that he envisages, I would argue that he is squarely placed in the scientific camp, and is by no means an intellectual. The manner in which he describes the rift between the two cultures has a distinct whiff of "shallow optimism" about it, which is the intellectual trait of the scientist. He advocates a simple dialogue between the two camps, which is very much reminiscent of Enlightenment thinking, which, before the advent of modern science, maintained that scientific education was the key to overcoming all social ills, and dialogue is but a means to educate each other. Snow is right in thinking that the two camps had grown apart unawares, and that at one time the cultured man endeavored to keep abreast of knowledge as a whole. But a fundamental point seems to escape him, and that is that modern science entails specialization, and neither does he suspect that it could be the root of the problem. While he acknowledges the existence of specialization in science, he tries to make out that it need not be divisive."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Snow, Charles Percy. The Two Cultures. Ed. Stefan Collini. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
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