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Link: Japanese universities are ditching humanities and social sciences

melian          23 September 2015 06:51 AM




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VoiceOfRa 23 September 2015 10:47 PM
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Personally, I think in principal humanities, have a purpose, and a very important purpose. That said, at least as actually practiced in the west they haven't been serving that purpose since at least the dumping of the Western Canon in the 1980s. I'm not sure if Japan has similar problems, but if it does this is a reasonable move.

As for social "science", I think this is part of the problem. Namely, attempting to apply the scientific method in areas where there isn't enough scientific evidence to draw any conclusions. Thus, the fields end up getting filled with non-replicable BS backed by dubious statistics.


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melian 24 September 2015 06:00 AM
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Principal humanities, such as literature and art, certainly serve a very important purpose. However, is there a reason to think that withdrawing government funding or even abolishing the faculties altogether would have hurt these fields? Most writers and artists I happen to appreciate did not learn their profession in college.


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VoiceOfRa 24 September 2015 08:21 PM
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Principal humanities, such as literature and art


I was thinking of things more along the lines of history and philosophy.


However, is there a reason to think that withdrawing government funding or even abolishing the faculties altogether would have hurt these fields?


If their state is as bad as in the west, certainly not.


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Fwiffo 27 September 2015 02:30 PM
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In english science often means "natural science".

But in the sense that math might be counted as science there shouldn't be that much of a problem to do a kind of science.

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ChristianKl 2 October 2015 12:22 PM
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In many cases the humanities don't live up to doing the job that they should do.

Important philsophers who create useful work like Judea Pearl or Barry Smith will get funding even without the humanity department.

When philosophers have to create value by contributing to other disciplines, the resulting philosophic output is going to be better.


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Tulishen 30 October 2015 08:02 PM
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Japanese public universities, mind you. Private universities are free to teach what they want.


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melian 31 October 2015 05:33 AM
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Perhaps this is an ideal solution. Humanities and social sciences are heavily politicized, so it makes sense to keep the government out of them and leave the teaching to private universities.

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