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The German Historicist Tradition$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.001.0001

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The Historics of Johann Gustav Droysen

The Historics of Johann Gustav Droysen

(p.289) 7 The Historics of Johann Gustav Droysen
The German Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an analysis of the historics of Johann Gustav Droysen. It considers several issues arising from his historics: the concept of historical explanation, the question of objectivity, the critique of the critical school of history. Droysen's position regarding naturalism and positivism is also examined in detail. It is argued that Droysen, not Dilthey, is the true father of the method of historical understanding or Verstehen.

Keywords:   Droysen, historics, Verstehen, critical history, positivism, naturalism

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