Special Invited Talk “Sciences and humanities: two cultures or none?”

The 21st Century Science Projects: Undergraduate Studies Education

Research Project, Special Invited Talk

Sciences and humanities: two cultures or none?

We are pleased to announce that that Special Invited Talk presented by

Prof. Jean-Marc Levy-Leblond will be held as follows:

Title: Sciences and humanities: two cultures or none?

Date: Thursday, 18th June 2015 16:30 to 18:00

Venue: Hiroshima University, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Building M, Meeting Room 1 (3rd floor)

Speaker: Professor Jean-Marc Levy-Leblond (Physicist and essayist, Professor Emeritus at Nice University, Ex-program director at the College international de philosophie)

Language: English

Admission Free, Pre-registration not requested

Organizer: Undergraduate Studies Education Project

Contact: Sayaka OKI

e-mail: soki[at]hiroshima-u.ac.jp (Please replace {at} with @.)



In 1950’s C. P. Snow deplored the cultural separation emerging between Science and Humanities, using the famous expression ‘two cultures.’

However, the very idea of the coexistence of two separate cultures is contradictory: the word culture can only be thought of in the singular. The distinguishing feature of culture is precisely its ability to express and develop organic links between all the dimensions of human activity. A fragmented culture is not a culture.

The question, then, is not so much to develop and share a specific 'scientific culture' than to put back science within general culture.