ERIC Number: ED047627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-3
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Research Component - Social Sciences and Humanities.
Brennan, Michael J.
Both the social studies and humanities have imitated the sciences in 2 respects: in methodology, i.e., a passion for counting, documentation, exactitude, analysis, and critical exchanges that often border on the petulant; and in degree of specialization to the extent that the humanities are even more specialized than the sciences. This overspecialization has been a major contributor to the depressed condition in modern languages, history, philosophy, and some of the social sciences. Reaction to this specialization has set in with renewed enthusiasm for interdisciplinary programs of study and research. The problem arises with the need for integration of the various methodologies that each discipline has developed. The lack of integration plus the commitment to the culture of science explain to some extent the charges of irrelevance that have been levied against the social sciences and humanities. It is likely that new generations will come to scholarship with no hesitation of incorporating speculation or vision or insight or values into their publication, because they will have recognized that human existence does not consist solely in accumulating knowledge. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Miami Beach, Florida, December 3, 1970