Monday, August 10, 2015

Martin Paul Eve on Twitter: New resolution: ignore any think piece that reductively frames "humanities" against "science".

Her er et intervju der han går nærmere inn på hvordan humaniora og naturvitenskap utfyller hverandre:

I think the division between the natural sciences and the humanities is, in general, a false one that is encouraged as though it were healthy competition by those who hold the purse strings. It is not. It fosters division where none need exist. After all, historically, much scientific practice derived from an empirical turn in philosophy. The humanities today provide routes to understanding histories, phenomena, artifacts and cultures. The sciences do likewise. These disciplines have respectively different paradigms within which they conduct their practices and often very different methodologies. I am strongly opposed, though, to the idea that we should celebrate science while merely justifying the humanities, but also, conversely, to the often false claims that the humanities hold some key, privileged insight into life. It is only through a collaboration of the diverse practices that thrive in the contemporary university that we will achieve the maximum potential of the institution.
Han har også noen tanker om hvordan internett passer med humaniora:

Likewise, though, I do find myself in a state of frustration when this type of argument (“don't tell us how to do our job”) is thrust back against open access from the humanities. Many say: “it's suited for science, but not for us”. I have yet to see any compelling argument, aside from pragmatic economics (an argument made frequently by learned societies with vested interests), for why the humanities should not follow the Sciences with respect to OA.
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