This section defines the humanities, as a subject of study. To see my definition of the Humanities program at Davidson, click here.
There are many ways to differentiate between science and the humanities. Some say science is objective, where the humanities are subjective. In the humanities, since there are fewer “facts” and more opinions, all the different opinions are regarded more equally. However, this does not mean all opinions are or have been regarded equally. During Marx’s time, he was brushed off as being too radical.
To compare the sciences and the humanities, the humanities take more abstract or theoretical ideas and relate them to every day life. The sciences do the opposite. We can apply ideas surrounding the scientific method, like observation, interpretation, reproduction, and quantification, to the humanities.
Science and humanities are also somewhat connected. Many ideas of ethics and politics get their basis from science. In both scientific and humanistic thinking, scholars don’t question the paradigm they are in, unless they are going through a conceptual scheme.