“The 16th -century humanists were the founders of the modern Humanities just as surely as the 17th -century natural philosophers were founders of modern Science and Philosophy: for instance, the ways of describing human cultures implicit in Book VI of Aristotle’s Ethics, and reintroduced in our day by Clifford Geertz as “thick description”, were already put to use in Montaigne’s omnivorous ethnography. Indeed, the contrast between humanism and rationalism – between the accumulation of concrete details of practical experience, and the analysis of an abstract core of theoretical concepts – is a ringing pre-echo of the debate on the Two Cultures provoked by CP Snow (…)” (Toulmin, Kosmopolis, p.43)

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