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A Dialogue on Understanding

Mantzavinos, C. (2019) A Dialogue on Understanding. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 49. pp. 307-322. ISSN 0048-3931

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This paper written as a dialogue between two interlocutors, Julie and a Student, deals with Understanding and its role in the social sciences. The fictional dialogue takes place in Hannover, Germany and the interlocutors are exchanging arguments about Verstehen and how it should be conceptualized in the philosophy of the social sciences. A range of different approaches is discussed and a naturalistic strategy emerges as a defensible alternative.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Interpretation; Hypothetico-Deductive Method; Verstehen; Dialogue
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Chrysostomos Mantzavinos
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2020 05:28
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2020 05:28
Item ID: 18393
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Publisher: SAGE
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Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 2019
Page Range: pp. 307-322
Volume: 49
ISSN: 0048-3931

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