ACADEMIA EUROPAEA-BARCELONA KNOWLEDGE HUB

DISPUTATIO OF BARCELONA 2019

“A NEW HUMANISM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY? SPECIALISATION VS. GENERALISATION”

13 of November 2019


 

18.30–20.30 h. Institute for Catalan Studies (Prat de la Riba Hall)

Coordinated by Alexander Fidora, MAE, ICREA Research Professor, Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies, UAB.

Disputantes:

Maciej Lewenstein, MAE, ICREA Research Professor and Quantum Optics Theory Group Leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO).

Silvia De Bianchi, Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the Department of Philosophy and Centre for the History of Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).


From Plato’s famous circle of learning (enkyklios paideia) to the studium generale of the Middle Ages and the uomo universale of the Renaissance, education was conceived of as an integrated deployment of one‘s capacities that embraced all fields of knowledge. By contrast, today highly specialised expertise in terms of narrowly defined regional competences is required in virtually all domains, increasing the gap between humanities and the sciences while raising fundamental questions about how we wish to understand ourselves as knowing subjects. The participating disputantes will debate key notions such as specialisation, generalisation, interdisciplinarity, humanities, science, development and realisation of the individual, etc., offering us their analyses of the present as well as their visions for the future.