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Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities

Edward Slingerland and Mark Collard


Calls for a “consilient” or “vertically integrated” approach to the study of human mind and culture have, for the most part, been received by scholars in the humanities with either indifference or hostility. One reason for this is that consilience has often been framed as bringing the study of humanistic issues into line with the study of nonhuman phenomena, rather than as something to which humanists and scientists contribute equally. The other major reason that consilience has yet to catch on in the humanities is a dearth of compelling examples of the benefits of adopting a consilient approa ... More

Keywords: consilience, vertical integration, science, humanities, culture, mind-body dualism, human mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794393
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Slingerland, editor
University of British Columbia

Mark Collard, editor
Simon Fraser University

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Edward Slingerland and Mark Collard

Part I Theoretical Issues

Section One Ontologies for the Human

Section Two Consilience through the Lens of Anthropology

Part II Case Studies

Section Three Culture

11 Agents, Intelligence, and Social Atoms

Alex Bentley and Paul Ormerod

Section Four Religion

12 Evolutionary Religious Studies: A Beginner's Guide

David Sloan Wilson and William Scott Green 1

13 The Cultural Evolution of Religion

Ara Norenzayan and Will M. Gervais

Section Five Morality

17 Behavioral Ethics

Herbert Gintis

18 Interdisciplinary Education and Knowledge Translation Programs in Neuroethics

Daniel Buchman , Sofia Lombera, Ranga Venkatachary,Kate Tairyan, Judy Illes *

Section Six Literature and Oral Traditions

21 Palaeolithic Politics in British Novels of the Nineteenth Century

Joseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall, John A. Johnson, and Daniel Kruger


Geoffrey Galt Harpham