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#2 Wittgenstein and the Autonomy Of Humanistic Understanding

P. M. S Hacker

in Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245697
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924569X.003.0002
 #2 Wittgenstein and the Autonomy Of Humanistic  Understanding

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Clarifies why Wittgenstein’s philosophy has profound implications for the humanities and human sciences. It sketches the gradual growth, from the Renaissance until the early twentieth century, of awareness of the distinctive nature of the understanding involved in the study of mankind as social, historical, and cultural beings. It explains the weaknesses of the traditional objections to methodological monism and argues that Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language and his philosophy of mind and action make a unique and powerful contribution to methodological pluralism and to the autonomy of humanistic understanding.

Keywords: autonomy of meaning; explanation and understanding; Geisteswissenschaften; humanism; language; language-using animals; methodological pluralism; scientism; unity of science

Chapter.  17532 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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