Cultural studies and the challenge of science

Andrew Ross

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    T When future historians, as the cliche goes, survey the modern versions of the division of knowledge, what will seem most anachronistic? One of the likely contenders will be the strong pact by which the empirical pursuit of reason, at one end of the field, was guaranteed immunity from socio-political scrutiny at the same time as the ethical realm of values, at the other end, was relieved of any obligation to respond to advances in scientific knowledge. This entente proved to be the source of the dominant traditions of inquiry in the natural sciences and the humanities for most of the 20th century. Science would undertake to provide neutral’ public knowledge in a value-free setting so that humanists could grapple with the corrosive, contradictory life of social, cultural, and political issues in a milieu barred to technical experts; and vice versa.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationDisciplinarity and Dissent in Cultural Studies
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9781135221782
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Social Sciences


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