Artists and Engineers


Tuesday 7th March 2017


Professor DH Mellor - Cambridge University



Professor Mellor disputes a widespread contrast between the sciences and the humanities that undervalues the latter compared to the former. This contrast assumes that science is more valuable than the humanities because it is more useful, an assumption he rejects on the grounds that (a) science is not more useful than the humanities and (b) the value of usefulness, being instrumental, depends on the non-instrumental value of what it’s usefulness for. He concludes that science is not made more valuable than the humanities either by its instrumental or by its non-instrumental value.

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Artist and Engineer.pdf