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Is Verstehen Scientific Understanding?

Khalifa, Kareem (2019) Is Verstehen Scientific Understanding? Philosophy of the social sciences, 49 (4). pp. 282-306.

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Abstract

Many have argued that the human sciences feature a unique form of understanding (Verstehen) that is absent from the natural sciences. However, in the last decade or so, epistemologists and philosophers of natural science have been proffering analyses of a kind of natural-scientific understanding. Using examples from educational psychology and anthropology, I argue that there are prima facie reasons to think these recent accounts of natural-scientific understanding impose necessary conditions on Verstehen. This suggests that any claim about Verstehen’s distinctiveness faces hitherto-unappreciated burdens of proof.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Khalifa, Kareemkkhalifa@middlebury.edu
Keywords: understanding, social science, anthropology, Verstehen
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Kareem Khalifa
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2019 04:17
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 04:17
Item ID: 16248
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of the social sciences
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/004839311...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1177/0048393119847104
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 15 May 2019
Page Range: pp. 282-306
Volume: 49
Number: 4
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16248

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