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Scientists and the cultural politics of academic disciplines in late 19th-century Germany: Emil Du Bois-Reymond and the controversy over the role of the cultural sciences

Veit-Brause, Irmline 2001, Scientists and the cultural politics of academic disciplines in late 19th-century Germany: Emil Du Bois-Reymond and the controversy over the role of the cultural sciences, History of the human sciences, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 31-56, doi: 10.1177/095269510101400402.

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Title Scientists and the cultural politics of academic disciplines in late 19th-century Germany: Emil Du Bois-Reymond and the controversy over the role of the cultural sciences
Author(s) Veit-Brause, Irmline
Journal name History of the human sciences
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Start page 31
End page 56
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0952-6951
1461-720X
Keyword(s) discipline formation
Du Bois-Reymond
history of historiography
professionalization
science and politics
Summary This article is concerned with interactions between the natural and the human sciences. It examines a specific late 19th-century episode in their relationship and argues that the schism between the two branches of knowledge was due to cognitive factors, but consolidated through the social dynamics of institutionalized disciplines. It contends that the assignment of a social function to the human sciences to compensate for the self-destructive tendencies inherent in the technological society was expressed even by those, at the end of the 19th century, who were fervent advocates of a science- and technology-driven modernization.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/095269510101400402
Field of Research 220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2001, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001080

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social Inquiry
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