The Two Cultures, Revisited

by Howard Burton (Author)

The 'Two Cultures' debate of the 1960s between C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis is one of the most misunderstood intellectual disputes of the 20th century. Most people think that the debate only revolved around the notion that our society is characterized by a divide between two cultures ? the arts or humanities on one hand, and the sciences on the other. This book is based on an extended conversation between Howard Burton and University of Cambridge intellectual historian Stefan Collini which provides a careful examination and illuminating insights of what the issues really were in this debate.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Returning to the Source, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Cultural Assumptions - On the benefits of reading
II. Saving the World - C.P. Snow?s moral agenda
III. ?Literary Osteoporosis? - Scientists vs. ?literary intellectuals?
IV. Into the Mainstream - Snow becomes a sage
V. Enter F.R. Leavis - Questioning authority
VI. Combatting Clichés - The Industrial Revolution and challenging prose
VII. The Fallout - Immediate and longer-term effects
VIII. Lessons Learned? - Examining Leavis? impact
IX. What Are Universities For? - Appreciating unique strengths
X. Constructive Engagement - Critical inquiry and watching one?s language
XI. The Humanities vs. The Sciences - Ruminations on progress
XII. General Implications - The ongoing relevance of The Two Cultures

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Publication date
September 30, 2020
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