The Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy

I encountered the fine people of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Code Conference sponsored by the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts (see above).

This center is a new example of what the environmental humanities can be: in this case, a fusion of ecology, ethics, and public policy. This kind of interdisciplinarity, which has a scientific wing, a philosophical and cultural wing, and a policy wing, seems to be an excellent model for a strong interdisciplinarity, where all the pistons fire together to move us toward a common goal, rather than the typical, weak model, where one method comes to dominate the others. (Sorry Edward O. Wilson, I think consilience is a crappy, not to say epistemically imperialist, idea.)

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One thought on “The Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy”

  1. Hi- I am curious to know what you mean by saying that consilience is epistemically imperialistic. (I assume you mean epistemological- I am unfamiliar with this form of the word. ) Also, I would like to know in what way the Tufts interdisciplinary methods differ from “consilience”, and why what they are doing is so different. Thanks for any follow up!

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