As Wilhelm Dilthey perceived it, there are two main branches of knowledge – Natural Sciences and Human Sciences. If we use one metaphor, we could say that the first are the body or the tools of human activities, so the second ones are the mind or the soul. Through natural sciences and technological development, we attained unthinkable control and precision over the world’s phenomena although this is not the purpose of scientific endeavors but only the means that could help us maintain a better understanding of Nature. On the other hand, Social sciences and Humanities & Arts are playing the role of moral and aesthetic regulators, or in other words - conscience and consciousness of the scientific processes. The current environmental problems are result of the lack of balance between these two parts of human thought. Since the Industrial Revolution, we invest, more and yet more, in scientific progress but neglect the importance of Human Sciences and Arts. Thus, it is our strong conviction that, we should restore the equilibrium and take a serious account of the so-called subjective disciplines in order to tackle with the pressing ecological and social issues of today’s global situation.
After long consideration and discussions, we have decided to divide the field of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts (SSHA) and provide you with two separate conferences, or more correctly, two individual panels within one conference. Of course, we should not, categorically, detach Social Sciences from Humanities & Arts or vice versa, but it is an old and well-proven fact that through differentiation, we could better observe the details. Yet, the two branches have different approaches and premises. Therefore, as a precedent, you will enjoy two distinct platforms:
SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences (ISCSS) and
SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts and Humanities (ISCAH)