The Soluble and the Insoluble or Are Two Cultures Better Than One?
This is the text of a talk written with Zella Luria on the relationship--and differences--between the humanities and scientific
culture. In noting the rise of quantification techniques in certain areas of the humanities, such as cliometrics in history,
the Lurias observe that this appears to be at odds with the disciplines' core principles: Among other things, the Lurias
ask, how does one measure dignity, freedom, and/or justice? They add that, "Where the usefulness of quantification ends,
where problem-solving meets its boundary, there the domain of the humanities begins. If science is the art of the soluble
. . . The humanities might well be called the art of the insoluble."
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Luria, Salvador E.
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Reproduced with permission of Daniel D. Luria.
Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.
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Later Career: Teacher and Administrator, 1972-1991