It is worth pausing to reflect on the fact that cultural studies have historically been separated from science. Yes, it makes sense to apply the tools of science to the movement of planets, properties of metals, and other physical things. But isn’t culture different? Isn’t it made of something other than physical stuff? This is a question that philosophers have grappled with since before the foundations of modern science were set in stone. And it has still not been fully resolved in the minds of quite a few contemporary thinkers.
As a quirk of the world we live in today, it just happens to be the case that the resolution to this age old debate is unfolding around us right now. You may be surprised to learn that the philosophical divide between science and culture is breaking down because so many of us are buying smart phones and surfing the net. Wondering what I’m talking about? Jump to the next section. Continue reading “Can Culture Really Be Studied Scientifically?” »