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Griffith Review 31

Griffith Review 31: Ways of Seeing

Julianne Schultz

The big dilemmas of the day resist resolution. For decades we have relied on economics, science and the law for answers to pressing problems. But economics is not as rational as we hoped, science not as certain—even the law has shades of grey beyond the black letters.

Excluded from policy forums, belittled in public life, the humanities and social sciences have become defensive and reactive. It is time for them to come out of the shadows. Climate change, population, globalisation, health, international order: all demand new approaches grounded in human behaviour and history, that learn from literature and philosophy, and draw on the creative imagination. We need a human-centred approach to our understanding of the complexity of systems—the flow of materials through economies, the flow of data from lab to laptop, the flow of ideas. Ways of Seeing explores the gaps, reinvigorating our curiosity and our desire for exploration.

Philosopher John Armstrong examines the place of the humanities, arguing that this body of knowledge is too essential to be confined to academia. Other contributors include Peter Cochrane on the historical imagination, Robyn Williams on technology and complexity, Ian Lowe on certainty in science and Rod Tiffen on the perils of populism. Jane Goodall sees a new dawn in Bucharest; Robert Hillman faces a culture gap on a Melbourne tram; plus, there’s new fiction from Amanda Lohrey, and much more.

Julianne Schultz
About the Author

Julianne Schultz AM is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW, Australia’s most awarded and extracted quarterly, produced by Griffith University and Text Publishing. She is a professor in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, a member of the boards of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, and chair of the Queensland Design Council. Julianne is...

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31 January 2011
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Griffith Review is one of our country’s finest scholarly journals and the latest edition would have no trouble competing on an international stage. Interpreting its theme “ways of seeing” in the broadest and most eclectic sense, the journal brings together thought-provoking and articulate essays, outstanding memoir and creative work.

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    ISBN: 9780987079749
    31 January 2011
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