The program of the Society for the History of Psychology (Div 26) at the APA convention, held this past weekend in Boston, featured talks by famed developmentalist Jerome Kagan and Harvard historian of science Anne Harrington.
Kagan, who is listed #22 in Hagbloom’s list of most influential psychologists of the 20th century, spoke about psychology’s traditional dependence on physics as the model of science to be followed, and argued that perhaps biology is a more relevant example. He also hinted at an extension of C. P. Snow’s famous “Two Cultures” lecture, suggesting that the social sciences Continue reading SHP Program at the APA Convention
Historians of psychology (and of science more broadly) often find themselves caught between the mutual animosities of natural scientists and historians — refugees from the “Two Cultures” of C. P. Snow’s famous 1959 lecture. The “Science Wars” of the 1990s certainly didn’t help matters as those who wanted to study science from historical, sociological, and anthropological perspectives were confronted — sometimes angrily — by those who believed science’s pristine self-image to be adequate to the task of understanding what was taking place.
But now there may be hope of an accommodation of sorts between the two. The New York Times reports that an attempt is being made at Binghamton University in New York called the New Humanities Initiative. Continue reading Can the “Two Cultures” Become One Again?