Evidence in scientific inquiry involves a number of requirements, usually aimed at limiting, allowing for or removing any kind of doubt, bias, subjectivity or cultural predisposition from the results so that, in principle, any paradigmatic experimental result can be duplicated by others. The goal is to present relevant findings as unambiguously as possible. In the humanities, by contrast, “evidence” can take on a number of different colorings, which are not only ambiguous in themselves but predictably contingent, culturally marked and short-lived, in that cultures and individuals within them are dynamic, however constrained they may be in other ways. However, surprising similarities emerge when these two (as well as other) ways of knowing are examined.
|Keywords:||Knowing, Culture, Evidence, Experiment, Science, Humanities|
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA