Historical Perspectives on Erklären and Verstehen by Uljana FeestHistorical Perspectives on Erklären and Verstehen by Uljana Feest

Historical Perspectives on Erklären and Verstehen

EditorUljana Feest

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The conceptual pair of "Erklären" and "Verstehen" (explanation and understanding) has been an object of philosophical and methodological debates for well over a century. Discussions - to this day - are centered around the question of whether certain objects or issues, such as those dealing with humans or society, require a special approach, different from that of the physical sciences. In the course of such philosophical discussions, we frequently find references to historical predecessors, such as Dilthey's discussion of the relationship between "Geisteswissenschaft" and "Naturwissenschaft", Windelband's distinction between nomothetic and idiographic methods, or Weber's conception of an interpretative sociology. However, these concepts are rarely placed in the historical contexts of their emergence. Nor have the shifting meanings of these terms been analyzed. The present volume considers a variety of intellectual, social, and material factors that contributed to the debate. Far from reducing the debates to their cultural and institutional contexts, however, the volume also offers careful systematic reconstructions of the arguments at hand, thereby enabling the reader to not only appreciate the situatedness of this exciting period of intellectual history, but also to reflect upon the current relevance of the various interpretations of the dichotomy between explanation and understanding.
Title:Historical Perspectives on Erklären and VerstehenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:March 14, 2012Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Uljana Feest, Historical Perspectives on Erklären and Verstehen: Introduction2. Denise Phillips, Epistemological Distinctions and Cultural Politics: Educational Reform and the Naturwissenschaft/ Geisteswissenschaft Distinction in mid-19th century Germany3. Bernhard Kleeberg, Vestiges of the Book of Nature. On Concepts of "Meaning" in German Theology around 19004. Safia Azzouni, How Wilhelm Dilthey influenced Popular Science Writing: Kurd Laßwitz's "Homchen: Ein Tiermärchen aus der oberen Kreide"5. Philipp Müller, Explaining History. Hippolyte Taine's Philosophy of Historical Science6.Warren Schmaus, Understanding and Explanation in France: From Maine de Biran's méthode psychologique to Durkheim's Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse 7. David Leary, Instead of Erklären and Verstehen: William James on Human Understanding8. Katherine Arens, Erklären, Verstehen, and Embodied Rationalities: Scientific Praxis as Regional Ontology9. Roger Smith, British thought on the relations between the natural sciences and the humanities, c.1870-191010. Christoper Pincock, Accounting for the Unity of Experience in Dilthey, Rickert, Bradley and Ward11. Jacques Bos, Individuality and agency in nineteenth-century German historicism12. Filomena de Sousa, Shaping Disciplinary Boundaries: Scientific Practice and Politics in the Methodenstreit between the German Historical School and the Austrian School of Economics13. Michael Heidelberger, Explanation and Understanding in Max Weber: From the Perspective of von Kries14. Daniel Suber, Social Science between neo-Kantianism and philosophy of life: the cases of Weber, Simmel, and Mannheim15. Thomas Uebel, Opposition to Verstehen in Orthodox Logical Empiricism