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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

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posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by Irmline Veit-Brause
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.

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Journal

History of the human sciences

Volume

14

Issue

4

Pagination

31 - 56

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd

Location

London, England

ISSN

0952-6951

eISSN

1461-720X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2001, Sage Publications

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