Early Sciences
Gloria Origgi, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris/Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, & Columbia University

Who is Afraid of the Humanities?

Co-sponsored by the Early Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop and Modern Sciences Working Group.

Humanities in these days are facing a major crisis. The programs in art and sciences have been nearly cut away from from school/universities programs in virtually all countries of the world. Their methods are considered "unscientific," their results useless, the value they put forward old fashioned or unfit for the contemporary technological and business-oriented society. A recent scientist manifesto published in the New Republic by Steven Pinker is a plea to humanists for converting to scientific method. In a reply I have written to his article, I discuss a list of irreducible differences between science and humanities, although I am deeply convinced that an full understanding of the world needs both.