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The hedgehog, the fox, and the magister's pox : mending the gap between science and the humanities

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Stephen Jay Gould offers a surprising and nuanced study of the complex relationship between our two great ways of knowing: science and the humanities, twin realms of knowledge that have been divided against each other for far too long. To establish his two protagonists, Gould draws from a seventh century b.c. proverb attributed to the Greek soldier-poet Archilochus that said roughly, "The fox devises many  Read more...
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Gould, Stephen Jay.
Hedgehog, the fox, and the magister's pox.
New York : Harmony Books, ©2003
(OCoLC)606986286
Online version:
Gould, Stephen Jay.
Hedgehog, the fox, and the magister's pox.
New York : Harmony Books, ©2003
(OCoLC)607845270
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0609601407 9780609601402 1400051533 9781400051533 022406309X 9780224063098
OCLC Number: 49875071
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: [Pt.1.] Rite and rights of a separating spring. 1. Newton's light --
2. Scientific "world-making" and critical braking --
3. So noble an hecatombe : the weight of humanism --
4. Mandate of Magister Medice : the threat of suppression --
[Pt.2.] From paradoxical ages of Bacon to sweet swiftness of light. 5. Dynasty of dichotomy --
6. Reintegration in triumph maturity --
7. Sweetness and light as tough and healing truth --
[Pt.3.] Saga of pluribus unum : the power and meaning of true Consilience. 8. Fusions of unum and the benefits of pluribus --
9. False path of reductionism and the Consilience of equal regard --
Closing tale of addition to Adagia by Erasure of Erasmus.
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.
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Stephen Jay Gould offers a surprising and nuanced study of the complex relationship between our two great ways of knowing: science and the humanities, twin realms of knowledge that have been divided against each other for far too long. To establish his two protagonists, Gould draws from a seventh century b.c. proverb attributed to the Greek soldier-poet Archilochus that said roughly, "The fox devises many strategies; the hedgehog knows one great and effective strategy." While emphatically rejecting any simplistic attempt to assign either science or the humanities to one or the other of these approaches to knowledge, Gould uses this ancient concept to demonstrate that neither strategy can work alone, but that these seeming opposites can be conjoined into a common enterprise of tremendous unity and power. In building his case, Gould shows why the common assumption of an inescapable conflict between science and the humanities (in which he includes religion) is false, mounts a spirited rebuttal to the ideas that his intellectual rival E.O. Wilson set forth in his book Consilience, and explains why the pursuit of knowledge must always operate upon the bedrock of nature's randomness. The hedgehog, the fox, and the magister's pox is a controversial discourse, rich with facts and observations gathered by one of the most erudite minds of our time.

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