Sciences & Humanities
|Objective||Comprehension of how particular discoveries and works across the sciences and humanities have impacted the way we see the world. Deepened understanding of the current divide between sciences and humanities, in terms of methods, approaches, and “research culture”.|
|Teacher(s)||Max van Duijn|
|Number of Classes||~6|
|Examination||Homework assignments and written exam|
Most people know Copernicus, Darwin, Einstein, or Crick, and are able to indicate in a few words what their contribution to our knowledge are. But who can do the same for Aristotle, Scaliger, Descartes, Wittgenstein, Popper, or Quine? This course focuses on ideas across both the humanities and sciences that have impacted on the way we see the world today. Who were the great minds behind these ideas, what were their methods, motives, and what drove them?
In addition, the course investigates the current divide in the academic world between sciences and humanities. The “two cultures” are approached from a historical and science-philosophical perspective, as well as through hands-on experience. Students with a background in the sciences can engage in a small research project using methods and materials from the humanities, and students with a background in the humanities can take up a small scientific research project. The course concludes with a discussion of opportunities and challenges for “consilience” through multidisciplinary and topic-oriented scholarship.