s VoU: What Kind of Understanding do the Humanities Provide and How Does it Differ from that of the Sciences?

Jenann Ismael
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What Kind of Understanding do the Humanities Provide
and How Does it Differ from that of the Sciences?


Principal Investigator

Jenann Ismael
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Arizona

 

The plan is to write a short, jargon-free monograph with five chapters, about what type of understanding the sciences and the humanities, respectively provide. It is to have five chapters: (1) What science tells us about what we are. (2) What type of understanding the sciences give us of the world, ourselves, and our place in the world. (3) What type of understanding that the humanities give us of the world, ourselves, and our place in it. (4) Why the humanities will never be absorbed into the sciences. (5) The relationship between scientific and humanistic understanding. The central argument of the monograph will be that the sciences and humanities don’t compete or conflict. They are entirely complementary, answering to different needs. Both are essential to human flourishing.