Specializing in Interdisciplinarity: The Committee on Social Thought as the University of Chicago's Antidote to Compartmentalization in the Social Sciences

40 Pages Posted: 28 May 2009 Last revised: 19 Oct 2009

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Ross B. Emmett

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for the Study of Economic Liberty; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: July 3, 2009

Abstract

The social sciences at the University of Chicago are renowned for their leadership in the development of empirical investigation in their respective disciplines. The post-war Chicago School of economics is only the best known of the efforts at the University to entrench specialized competencies in the faculty and students practicing a social scientific discipline. During the same period, the Committee on Social Thought emerged as an academic interdisciplinary unit in the humanities and social sciences. Ironically, the Committee became the place in which one could put the competencies required for one type of interdisciplinarity to work.

Keywords: University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought, Interdisciplinarity, American social science

JEL Classification: B29, Z00, A12

Suggested Citation

Emmett, Ross B., Specializing in Interdisciplinarity: The Committee on Social Thought as the University of Chicago's Antidote to Compartmentalization in the Social Sciences (July 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410761 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1410761

Ross B. Emmett (Contact Author)

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