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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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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

Section Four Religion

Section Five Morality

Section Six Literature and Oral Traditions