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The Two Cultures

In this article, Professor Frank James explores C. P. Snow’s idea that there are two cultures, of the arts and the sciences.

Read ‘Introduction: Some Significances of the Two Cultures Debate’, which was written as the introduction to a collection of essays published in the journal Interdisciplinary Reviews, vol. 41, issue 2-3, pp. 107-17 (2016).

In it he explores the significance of C. P. Snow’s idea that there are two cultures - the arts and the sciences - first published in 1959.

  • What are the ‘underlying issues’ that are the context for C. P. Snow’s idea (p. 109)?

  • How relevant is Snow’s phrase to us today?

Professor James refers to other essays that were published in Interdisciplinary Reviews, which you can read if you are interested.

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