chapter 2: the great 1branches of learning
Here the word "Consilience" coins its meaning, at least upon the premise of this book, and that is the key of "unification". According to Wilson, this attainment is necessary for us, and necessary for all studies, the idea of conjoining social sciences and natural sciences, since in essence they are both one in the same. It seems philosophy is by no means the enemy of science, though it is not specifically said on this chapter it can be implied by certain sentences on it. Such as the claim that if we were to unify knowledge i.e. attain consilience, we need to entirely diminish philosophy, hence philosophy is necessary for science, since philosophy deals with inquiries and questions that are not yet answered, science takes care of answering them, supposedly. Additionally, and very relevant to our program, Edward mentions how the search for consilience also renews the "crumbling structure of the liberal arts", and that every college student should be able to answer the question: "What is the relation between science and the humanities, and how is it important for human welfare?"