Understanding and Explanation: A Transcendental-Pragmatic Perspective

Paperback | March 18, 1988

byKarl-Otto ApelTranslated byGeorgia Warnke

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Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges the gulf between Anglo-American and continental thought in both the style and content of his work. Understanding and Explanation clarifies the "explanation versus understanding" debate that has become central to the philosophy of the social sciences.Apel reexamines the debate over the logic of the social sciences from the perspective of an expanded theory of science, and he proposes a resolution in transcendent-pragmatic terms. He differentiates three legitimate approaches to the social sciences, connected with three "knowledge-constitutive" interests: deductive-nomological sciences, historical-hermeneutic sciences, and critical-reconstructive sciences.Karl-Otto Apel holds the chair for social philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. Understanding and Explanation is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges the gulf between Anglo-American and continental thought in both the style and content of his work. Understanding and Explanation clarifies the "explanation versus understanding" debate that has become central to the philosophy of the social sciences.Apel reexamines the debate over...

Karl-Otto Apel holds the chair for social philosophy at the University of Frankfurt.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.7 inPublished:March 18, 1988Publisher:The MIT Press

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"Of special interest to the English-language audience is the opportunity to see familiar (and hotly disputed) issues of action theory and the philosophy of (social and natural) science reflected in a framework deeply embedded in the tradition(s) of Kant, Hegel, Max, Dilthey, Max Weber, and the critical theory of the Frankfurt School." John Connolly, Inquiry