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action theory

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences.

A major orientation within sociology and related disciplines that privileges the analysis of the intentional behavior of individuals, or action. Action, in this narrow sense, is behavior...

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empathy

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n. the ability to imagine and understand the thoughts, perspective, and emotions of another person. In counselling and psychotherapy empathy is often considered to be one of...

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epistemology

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(Greek, epistēmē, knowledge)

The theory of knowledge. Its central questions include the origin of knowledge; the place of experience in generating knowledge, and the place of...

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Giambattista Vico

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

(1668–1744)

Italian philosopher of history. Vico was born in Naples, and educated by the Jesuits. From 1699 he held the chair of rhetoric at the university of Naples. Vico's...

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hermeneutics

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

The branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.

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historical explanation

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

The central question is whether the form of explanation in history is typically the same as that of the natural sciences. Principal proponents of the claim that there is no essential...

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interpretivism

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A sociological approach that emphasizes the need to understand or interpret the beliefs, motives, and reasons of social actors in order to understand social reality.

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Lebensphilosophie

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(German, life philosophy, or philosophy of life)

A term for the general emphasis on ‘life’ as an important philosophical vocabulary, especially as that emphasis was found in...

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Max Weber

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

(1864–1920)

German social scientist and political economist who became a founding father of modern sociology.

Weber studied legal and economic history at several German...

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neo-Kantianism

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Social Sciences.

A general term for any doctrine in metaphysics or ethics owing its inspiration to Kant, but more particularly a term for various philosophical trends of this kind prominent in Germany...

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