In the June issue of Isis, the premier journal on the history of science, Julia Kursell and I have edited a Focus section on the relation between the humanities and the sciences. Other contributing authors are Jeroen Bouterse, Lorraine Daston, Bart Karstens and Glenn Most.
Abstract: “The humanities and the sciences have a strongly connected history, yet their histories continue to be written separately. Although the scope of the history of science has undergone a tremendous broadening during the past few decades, scholars of the history of the humanities and the history of science still seem to belong to two separate cultures that have endured through the past century. This Focus section explores what common ground would enable a study of the histories of the humanities and the sciences to investigate their shared epistemic objects, virtues, values, methods, and practices.”