ISBN-10:
0521732301
ISBN-13:
9780521732307
Pub. Date:
04/27/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
The Three Cultures: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities in the 21st Century

The Three Cultures: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities in the 21st Century

by Jerome Kagan
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Overview

In 1959 C. P. Snow delivered his now-famous Rede Lecture, "The Two Cultures," a reflection on the academy based on the premise that intellectual life was divided into two cultures: the arts and humanities on one side and science on the other. Since then, a third culture, generally termed "social science" and comprised of fields such as sociology, political science, economics, psychology, and anthropology, has emerged. Jerome Kagan's book describes the assumptions, vocabulary, and contributions of each of these cultures and argues that the meanings of many of the concepts used by each culture are unique to it and do not apply to the others because the source of evidence for the term is special. The text summarizes the contributions of the social sciences and humanities to our understanding of human nature and questions the popular belief that biological processes are the main determinant of variation in human behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521732307
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/27/2009
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jerome Kagan is a developmental psychologist, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and emeritus professor at Harvard University. He has received the Distinguished Scientist Awards from the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development. Jerome Kagan has written several books dealing with the assumptions of the social sciences. He is best known for his research on moral development, infant cognition, and temperamental biases in children.

Table of Contents

1. Characterizing the three cultures; 2. The natural sciences; 3. Social sciences 1; 4. Social sciences 2; 5. The humanities; 6. Current tensions.

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