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The Geography of Insight: The Sciences, the Humanities, How they Differ, Why They Matter

Richard Foley


This book, based on a philosopher’s experiences as dean over almost two decades, argues it is appropriate for the sciences and humanities to have different aims and for the values informing their inquiries also to be different. It maintains there are four core differences: (1) it is proper for the sciences but not the humanities to seek insights not limited to particular locations, times, or things; (2) the sciences but not the humanities value findings as independent as possible of the perspectives of the inquirers; (3) the sciences should be wholly descriptive while the humanities can also b ... More

Keywords: humanities, sciences, epistemology, progress, expertise, consciousness, simplicity, complexity, universities, long-term research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190865122
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190865122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Foley, author
Professor of Philosophy, New York University

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