Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 282. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2018-12-20 18:25:36+00:00 From: Peter Jones
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.280: 'humanities' or 'human sciences'? Your question Willard adds support to my belief that there is a place for a generic conceptual framework to integrate what are often considered disparate contexts, situations and the many academic (and folk-!!) disciplines that have evolved and continue to do so. Your closing sentence says a great deal - incidental as it may be (to me as a non-DH bystander) as 'caring' is a 'humanistic' quality whereas an 'allergic reaction' can be defined in 'scientific' terms. Just an observation here -Reading a book on Critical Mental Health Nursing, the status of psychiatry as a 'science' is questioned. Psychology is also subject to this debate, even though research methods, methodologies, data, stats are its 'bread and butter'? In mental health disciplines of course 'terminology' is central and subject to often vociferous debate as in diagnosis: both in having a diagnosis or not. Terminology hurts humanstically :|: Things hurt mechanistically [Sticks & Stones!] I can relate to 'Human Sciences' too, as I constantly traverse the 'divide' between HUMANISTIC and MECHANISTIC concepts, contexts, explanations ... 'Digital Humanities' reverses this to MECHANISTIC - HUMANISTIC. The aim for me is to integrate - synthesize. Perhaps you are right in "caring less" - as it is the end-point - the main purpose - not how we arrive? (Usually the 'journey' is emphasized?) Next year I hope to have more time to revisit Goethe and his approach to the sciences - and in particular 'Ways of **Seeing**' and whole - part distinctions. Sorry I'm not embedded within DH but it is of great interest 'informationally' (which is another theoretical-practical-management route?). I look f/w to following other comments. All the Best, Peter Peter Jones Community Mental Health Nurse & Researcher CMHT Brookside Aughton Street Ormskirk L39 3BH, UK +44 01695 684700 Blogging at "Welcome to the QUAD" http://hodges-model.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/h2cm > Date: 2018-12-20 10:05:05+00:00 > From: Willard McCarty > Subject: humanities or human sciences? This is a question about terminology, but I think not just that. In the interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations I have these days, I find that the term 'humanities', esp in a European context, is not quite right for accomplishing the reach I want to achieve to colleagues in anthropology, the interpretative social sciences and history, for example. So I've found myself using the term 'human sciences' (like Geisteswissenschaften, sciences humaines), at the same time aware that for those who break out in spots when in proximity to the natural sciences, this term may work against me. But I find that there's so much in common with all the scientiae, so much that we in or around or near digital humanities need to know about, that I also find myself caring less and less about causing allergic reactions. What do others do? I very much hope not strengthen the barricades in view of the elders who rule within the fortifications. Comments? Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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