Dilthey and the Foundations of the Human Sciences

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI:
Dilthey and the Foundations of the Human Sciences

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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

Chapter.  22860 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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