I am interested in articles that try to analyze and explain the conflict between the hard and soft sciences. In my casual web surfing I have come across e.g. highly-trained scientists who yet express a deep disdain for fields as open-ended and far-ranging as sociology, feminism, queer theory, postmodernism, and so on, sometimes even economics, psychology. I find such attitudes hard to comprehend, and even disturbing since my educational background is in the applied sciences. Which are the important works that have been done to better understand this ongoing social/intellectual gap, and that are presented in a readable manner for a non-expert?
posted by polymodus
on Jan 4, 2014 -
I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence
on Dec 12, 2010 -
I sometimes see the phrases 'to go on' and 'going on,' enclosed in quotation marks, mentioned in philosophy, sociology, social science, etc. To 'go on' seems to mean to accomplish everyday activity. But where does the phrase come from? Wittgenstein? Is it so obvious that no-one needs to cite it? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter
on Mar 4, 2010 -
Can anybody explain Habermas in brief? Or point me to some good resources (other than wikipedia)?
posted by moorooka
on Nov 29, 2009 -
I was thinking today about the idea of choice. The existentialists talked about choice all the time- How every human has the "burden of choice". In other words, we all have the "burden" of free will, the choice to do something or to not do something. I know my philosophy knowledge is rudimentary at best, but I guess my question is: when did this idea of choice emerge? Primitive man had no luxury of choice, everything was about survival- So at what point did humans develop the idea of having a choice?
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb
on Jul 22, 2008 -