By Jan Faye
The philosophy of the humanistic sciences has been a blind-spot in analytic philosophy. This ebook argues that through adopting a suitable pragmatic research of clarification and interpretation it's attainable to teach that clinical perform of humanistic sciences should be understood on comparable traces to medical perform of average and social sciences.
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Extra info for After Postmodernism: A Naturalistic Reconstruction of the Humanities
The sciences are a part of modern culture, a social activity that is intended to produce knowledge and insight, as such there are just as many standards associated with the sciences as there are with other cultural spheres. Thus, the key issue is not whether the natural sciences are valuefree in contrast to the human sciences, but whether the humanist researcher must employ the vocabulary of the first personal experience in her description of normative and intentional discussion as part of the object of her study, because standards cannot be described simply in terms of a third person perspective.
The human sciences are not merely interim replacements for an as yet undeveloped cognitive science. They can explain some real empirical phenomena which we could not understand without them. Everything that forms part of human culture is created by human beings, including all possible social manifestations of human thoughts in symbols, languages, actions, and products; all are manifestations which people have themselves created, and which it is the task of the humanities to describe and understand.
In the first case, we look at artistic sense and literary meaning as empirical phenomena that are ‘given’ to the humanistic scientist to be understood on a par with all the other natural phenomena, while, in the second case, one holds that artistic sense and literary meaning must also involve a certain subjective insight or psychological empathy in order to fully experience them in a manner in which phenomena of the ‘external world’ are not experienced. It was precisely this latter strategy which Diltheyan hermeneutics pursued in its methodological demarcation between the spiritual sciences and natural sciences.
After Postmodernism: A Naturalistic Reconstruction of the Humanities by Jan Faye