Social and Humanistic Sciences between Disputes and a New Role in Contemporaneity Cover Image

Друштвене и хуманистичке науке између оспоравања и нове улоге у савремености
Social and Humanistic Sciences between Disputes and a New Role in Contemporaneity

Author(s): Dragan Simeunović
Subject(s): Methodology and research technology
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: social sciences; humanistic sciences; globalization; changing the role of social and humanistic sciences; the relations between social-humanistic and natural sciences; the change of the significance o

Summary/Abstract: From the end of the twentieth century until today, not only the role, but also the need for the existence of social and humanistic sciences are continually being re-examined, and their significance is drastically disputed with a greater or lesser intensity of subjectivity. The reasons for this are numerous. There has been an inevitable change in the structure of society itself, and therefore of the very meaning of the term society. Globalization has elevated, on its own pedestal, profit and everything related to it, and is evaluating everything by profit and its size, i.e. its absence, whereas the contribution of social and humanistic science to generating of profit is not always clearly visible, and therefore not easily measurable. In modern society, there is obviously a decrease in demand, but that does not necessarily mean, and the need for scientific knowledge of social and humanistic sciences and their interpretative role. The change of the significance of social sciences is largely confused with the need for their dissemination and delocation. The process of changing the role of social and humanistic sciences is inevitable, because of the increasing speed of social life, which will be manifested in increased turning of these two sciences toward prognosis and prevention, but without abandoning the explanation of the past and the present and offering solutions to present problems, as well as putting emphasis on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. They can retain their significance only by approaching towards the natural sciences, but without the ambition of competition, even without a tendency for equality with them, but with the ambition of their increased social usefulness because of the growing innovativeness and of the more complex phronetic performance of their function, and therefore justification of, not only their own existence, but also of their likely progress.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 13-23
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Serbian