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ERIC Number: EJ1040435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
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ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
The Idea of Two Cultures
Standish, Paul
Asia Pacific Education Review, v15 n1 p71-77 Mar 2014
The phrase "the two cultures debate" has a particular connotation in the British context. It was prompted by a lecture given in the 1950s by the novelist C.P. Snow. Snow's first career had been in science, and he drew on his inside knowledge of that domain in a sequence of novels, known collectively as "Strangers and Brothers," where he contrasted it with that of the arts and humanities. Attempts have been made to revive the two cultures debate on the grounds that it speaks freshly to the problems we currently face and helps to account for the repression of the humanities. My discussion will align the two cultures debate with other perhaps similar constructions of internal cultural conflict, including some reference to Korean Confucianism and "Sirhak" (sometimes described as pragmatism). It will, however, take issue with recent attempts to revive Snow's categories, suggesting that this is a misidentification of the nature of the contemporary threat to the humanities. It will try to show where that threat comes from and how, through education, it might be resisted. This will involve reappraising the importance of works of art in understanding the place of technology in the development of the human. Education in the humanities requires no less.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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