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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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Dilthey and the Foundations of the Human Sciences

Dilthey and the Foundations of the Human Sciences

(p.322) 8 Dilthey and the Foundations of the Human Sciences
The German Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an investigation into Dilthey's views on the foundation of the human sciences. It treats his hermeneutics, his concept of understanding, and concept of the Geisteswissenschaften. Special attention is paid to Dilthey's historical critique of reason. Chapter 8 also examines closely the controversial role of psychology in Dilthey's thought and intellectual development. One section examines Dilthey's dispute with the neo‐Kantians. Final sections treat his later philosophy of life, and his response to the charge of relativism.

Keywords:   Dilthey, Geisteswissenschaften, understanding, philosophy of life, relativism, hermeneutics, historical critique of reason

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