Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside The Three Cultures

The Three Cultures
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities in the 21st Century

$30.99 (G)

  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521732307
Average user rating
(1 review)

$ 30.99 (G)
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • In 1959 C. P. Snow delivered his now-famous Rede Lecture, “The Two Cultures,” a reflection on the academy based on the premise that intellectual life was divided into two cultures: the arts and humanities on one side and science on the other. Since then, a third culture, generally termed “social science” and comprised of fields such as sociology, political science, economics, psychology, and anthropology, has emerged. Jerome Kagan’s book describes the assumptions, vocabulary, and contributions of each of these cultures and argues that the meanings of many of the concepts used by each culture are unique to it and do not apply to the others because the source of evidence for the term is special. The text summarizes the contributions of the social sciences and humanities to our understanding of human nature and questions the popular belief that biological processes are the main determinant of variation in human behavior.

    • A detailed analysis of the premises, contributions, and language of the three cultures
    • A summary of the important advances made by social scientists
    • An argument for the role of the humanist in society
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    “To anyone interested in the modern academy, Jerome Kagan's Three Cultures is a must read. With penetrating insight and a rare breadth and sense of history, Kagan takes us on a tour of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. But much more than a descriptive essay, this work is a profound commentary on the relation between knowledge and the human condition. It should be read by scholars and students in every discipline and will hopefully cultivate a bit more humility in our institutions of higher learning.”
    —Richard Davidson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    “Jerome Kagan, a highly distinguished developmental psychologist, here demonstrates an enormous breadth of knowledge of the three cultures – natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In comparing them he discusses such issues as their different criteria of truth, their tendency to give differing interpretations of the same event, and their changing relative popularity. In discussing each in turn he emphasizes its successes and failures, its merits and errors. This book is stimulating and provocative from the first page if only because no reader will agree with every one of his points. It should be widely read.”
    —Robert Hinde, St. John's College, Cambridge

    "The Three Cultures compares the premises, vocabulary, sources of evidence, contributions, and limitations of the research, scholarship, and theories of natural scientists, social scientists, and humanists...The book ends by asking scholars in and out of the Academy to adopt a posture of greater humility. It is time for the members of all three cultures to recognize that, like tigers, sharks, and hawks, each is potent in its own territory but impotent in the territory of the other."
    —Rorotoko

    "...The Three Cultures is best read as if you and your acquaintance, the author, were taking a stroll through once-familiar paths...Kagan’s opinions are uncluttered, instructive, and wise. Each reader will take from the text those that challenge thinking..."
    --Douglas K. Candland, PsycCRITIQUES

    "...this is an invaluable contribution to an ongoing discussion. Highly Recommended..."
    --L.R. Braunstein, Dartmouth College, CHOICE

    "The knowledge demonstrated by the author, with the enumerable demonstrations (instructive and at times funny, as they are) of all three scientific cultures is very impressive and admirable...As Kagan concludes: "It is time for the members of the three cultures to adopt a posture of greater humility" [275]. Just for this reason alone this book should be widely read by scholars, but especially by students of every possible discipline."
    --Kristoph K.P. Vanhoutte, metapsychology.net

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    25th Jun 2018 by Krispin18

    It's thorough, precise and exactly what I needed to further my studies.

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521732307
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Characterizing the three cultures
    2. The natural sciences
    3. Social sciences 1
    4. Social sciences 2
    5. The humanities
    6. Current tensions.

  • Author

    Jerome Kagan, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Jerome Kagan is a developmental psychologist, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and emeritus professor at Harvard University. He has received the Distinguished Scientist Awards from the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development. Jerome Kagan has written several books dealing with the assumptions of the social sciences. He is best known for his research on moral development, infant cognition, and temperamental biases in children.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×