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Richard Foley: The Geography of Insight: The Sciences, the Humanities, How They Differ, Why They Matter

Oxford University Press, New York, 2018, 144 pp, €23.00, ISBN: 9780190865122
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The humanities and the sciences currently face a demanding social and political climate. While the humanities are devalued compared to the sciences in terms of economic applicability, lose their attractiveness for students, and have to struggle with cuts in research funds, in the case of the sciences evidence-based arguments and academic expertise are disrespected in public debates. At the same time, pseudoscientific and conspiracy-theoretical positions become increasingly socially acceptable. The attempts to counter these developments jointly by both intellectual fields is often hindered by inner-academic contentions between the two.

Against this background, Richard Foley provides in his book an important and encouraging approach that epistemologically elaborates on the idea of two academic cultures, from C.P. Snow’s famous essay ‘The Two Cultures’ (2012[1959]), and seeks to overcome their strict separation and hierarchization. Therefore, he develops a cartography of an intellectual...

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  1. Merton, R. K. (1973) [1942]. The normative structure of science. In R. K. Merton (Ed.), The sociology of science: Theoretical and empirical investigations (pp. 277–278). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  2. Snow, C. P. (2012) [1959]. The two cultures. London: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy IRuhr University BochumBochumGermany

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