Why Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

It is our opinion that Art and Science could better co-operate and communicate in order to elucidate the world’s pressing problems in a new way and, conceivably, aid us to solve those important issues as environmental pollution or starvation.

Back there in 18th century, Christian Wolff differentiated three types of ontological metaphysics, regarding the spirit, the world and God. Later on, Wilhelm Dilthey divided two types of science: Human science and Natural science. Since then, we witness a great schism between what is considered to be, on the one hand, subjective and on the other – objective studies. The gap between Human and Natural sciences became bigger with the idea of falsifiability introduced by Karl Popper in 20th century. In that picture, we could imagine that Social Sciences lay, somewhat, in the middle between the two already mentioned. The majority of the Social Sciences exploit the scientific methods borrowed from Natural Sciences (Antipositivism, or Interpretivism, is exception), whereas Humanities mostly use critique, speculation and comparative historical methodology.

SOCIAL SCIENCES vs. ART and HUMANITIES

There is a large dispute on what the main disciplines within Social Sciences are, and what goes beyond the definition, into the area of Humanitarian studies. Nevertheless, we could outline the scope of Social Sciences. The foremost subdomains are Anthropology, Psychology, Economics, Archeology, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Social History and Sociology. On the behalf of Humanities, these are Philosophy, History, Linguistics and Language Studies, Literature and Arts. Although, these two domains are diametrically opposite ways to fathom the world’s phenomena, they could lend a lot to each other. Nowadays, science becomes more and yet more interdisciplinary. Therefore, one significant breakthrough into some of the branches of Social Sciences could surge a great inspiration for Arts, and vice versa. There are many examples of that effect as the immense spurs that Marxism or Psychoanalysis were for multitude of artists, or how science fiction or “stream of consciousness” literature provoked various scientific researches and discoveries.

Social Sciences’ most strong side is that,

generally, they could do researches while encompassing large groups of people. Taking into account the modern development of technological devices and computational methods, Sociology for instance, could bring up statistics that would have seemed impossible to grasp for the previous generations of scientists. Moreover, World Wide Web facilitated the communication among scientists in a level where experimental data could travel with the speed of light. What Marshal McLuhan was calling “The Global Village” is already present. It depends on us to take the maximum advantage of this beneficial situation.

In contrast, all the disciplines and creative

activities within the field of Humanities & Arts are powerful means when applied to in-depth analysis of the individual or a particular idea. They could plunge into a problem, without any scientific consideration and thus scrutinize its subjective and hidden aspects. The essence and dynamics of mind and soul are not fully measurable, if we take them as detectable at all, by technological apparatus. Hence, we could explore our inner world only by using its own methods and laws. Besides, artistic experimentation with concepts, words, sensory data and materials are one of the greatest way for extending our knowledge beyond its own limits.

As world is not divided into subjects and objects,

and human being is not made out of two parts – body and soul but they are entities, the same way, we should not, categorically, separate Human and Natural sciences, or Social Sciences and Arts. Although, differentiation is obligatory for our mind to comprehend and seize its targets, we produce meaningful ideas when all the analyzed parts are put back together. In the same manner, we should reconcile the different aspects of knowledge in order to step in a bit deeper into the understanding of Universe within and without us.

The Main Scientific Sections

We cover 15 main scientific sections in Social Sciences and 11 main scientific sections in Arts and Humanities

SOCIAL SCIENCES

1. Political Sciences
2. Law
3. Economics and Finance
4. Business and Management
5. Anthropology and Ethnology
6. Psychology and Psychiatry
7. Sociology and Social Work
8. Education and Educational Research
9. Cultural studies
10. Media and Communications
11. Information and Library Science
12. Human Geography and Demography
13. Digital societies, Transformations and Healthcare
14. Urban Studies
15. Planning and Development

ARTS & HUMANITIES

1. Law and Politics
2. History
3. Philosophy
4. Archaeology
5. Museology & Heritage studies
6. Medieval & Renaissance Studies
7. History of Art
8. Performing & Visual Arts
9. Architecture & Design
10. Literature & Poetry
11. Language & Linguistics




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