The Historics of Johann Gustav Droysen

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI:
The Historics of Johann Gustav Droysen

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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

Chapter.  17984 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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