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Man and His Becoming

reviewed by Charles J. Calitri 1965

coverTitle: Man and His Becoming
Author(s): P. H. Phenix
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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One of the problems man faces in his examination of ideas, things, or purposes is the task of maintaining the unity of the object while at the same time fragmenting it for analysis. As our examinations reach deeper into the complexities of things, the necessity for specialization widens the spaces between the fragments; and the specialists, so intensely focused upon their own specifics, find themselves not only out of communication with each other, but not even concerned about the transformations necessary to bring about communication. This star-streaming along the paths of pure disciplines tends toward a kind of isolationism by which each shard of humpty-dumptied man is picked up by a different pair of hands to be scrutinized by special kinds of microscopes designed by special rules according to special theories. For a time, we had Snow's two cultures, the sciences and the humanities girding hard loins in a combat for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 7, 1965, p. 654-654
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2580, Date Accessed: 9/22/2018 3:34:02 AM

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  • Charles Calitri
    Hofstra University
    CHARLES J. CALITRI is professor of education at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.
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