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ERIC Number: EJ1099457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
The Symbiotic Relationship between Liberal Studies and Science
Unah, Jim I.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2008 n2 Sum 2008
The Artistic and Humanistic studies (liberal studies) and the science and technology disciplines (science) constitute the two dominant cultures in a modern university. Subsumed in these cultures are the professional disciplines of law, architecture, engineering, medicine, accounting, administration and a few others. Essentially, the university idea emerged from the desire to integrate all academic cultures. However, an emerging trend of erecting a dichotomy between these cultures, is beginning to spin controversy, brew academic suspicion and slice off the integrative intentions of the university idea. The responsibility of liberal studies is to develop the academic disposition, to awaken human curiosity, inquisitiveness and creativity, by promoting human values and expressing the spirit of man. Science and technology culture is to leverage on the artistic and humanistic orientation to elevate our standard of practice, our ways of doing, to higher pedestals. This paper argues that neither the liberal orientation alone nor the scientific technological culture exclusively could guarantee the well being of humankind. While it is the responsibility of the humanities to elevate the individual to freedom, it is the obligation of science and technology education to catapult humanity to its proper comfort and happiness. While artistic-humanistic productions should more radically envision a world of mutual interdependence, of shared values, of reciprocal solidarity and a commitment to the aspirations of a common humanity, scientific-technological studies and proposals should demonstrate how outputs-outcomes are adverted to the promotion of human values and virtues, and how they assure the survival of the human race. This paper likens the emerging dichotomy between the two cultures to the dichotomy between mind and body, a dichotomy that developments in cybernetics and parapsychology appear to be grappling with. The two cultures have the obligation to develop the two parts of human nature. To develop one part to the detriment of the other is to demonstrate prejudice in examining the mind-body relationship and, by extension, to seek to abolish a vital part of our humanity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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