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It is rare nowadays to see any fruitful dialogue between the Humanities and Science.  In the first half of the twentieth century philosophers like Russell and Whitehead, following the Kantian tradition, were the main interlocutors in the debate about modern science.  By the end of the twentieth century, under the influence of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, the dialogue of philosophy had switched from science to literature. This dialogue within the humanities eventually issued in Cultural Studies.  What is needed is a new approach of the Humanities to Science and Technology. The “two cultures” depend on each other, for human beings give sense to their lives both by doing (Science) and by telling stories (Language).

The 11th conference of ISSEI was hosted at the University of Helsinki in 2008. It invited scholars from various disciplines such as History, Politics, Literature, Art, Philosophy, Science, and Religion, to examine and redefine the scope of interdisciplinary dialogue.

The conference was divided into five sections:

1) History, Geography, Science
2) Economics, Politics, Law
3) Education, Women’s Studies, Sociology
4) Art, Theater, Literature, Culture, Music
5) Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Religion

Conference Co-chairs:

Dr. Marja Härmänmaa
University Lecturer in Italian
Language Center
University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 4 (Vuorikatu 5)
FIN-00014, University of Helsinki

Ezra Talmor
Kibbutz Nachshonim
D.N. Merkaz, 73190
Tel: +972-3-938-6445
Fax: +972-3-938-6588

The conference was sponsored by the Finnish Academy of Sciences, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Italian Cultural Institute, and Niilo Helander Foundation.