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Introduction to the Human Sciences: An Attempt to Lay a Foundation for the Study of Society and History Paperback – December 1, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0814318980 ISBN-10: 0814318983

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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (December 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814318983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814318980
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a contribution to the issue of the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences, the Introduction works to address issues of the human sciences and their place in relations to natural sciences.

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911) was a German historian, psychologist, sociologist and philosopher, who held Hegel's Chair in Philosophy at the University of Berlin. A collection of his writings about history is found in Pattern and meaning in History: Thoughts on History and Society by Dilthey, Wilhelm published by Harper & Brothers Paperback.

Translator and Editor Ramon Betanzos states in his very extensive and helpful Intoduction to this book, "the sheer quantity and diversity of his enterprises are simply astounding. Here is a man who wrote many outstanding historical essays and much pioneering speculation about the theory of history itself... Dilthey's work is so varied and incomplete ... because he proceeded in an historical, fact-gathering, descriptive manner, but mainly because his overriding interest and concern was nothing less than human life itself." (Pg. 9) Later, he adds, "Dilthey saw his life's work as establishing a 'Critique of Historical Reason,' that is, a theoretical basis for understanding human life historically, a kind of 'logic of history.'" (Pg. 22)

Dilthey wrote, "If one speaks of philosophy of history, that can only mean historical research with a philosophical purpose and with philosophical means." (Pg. 131) He adds, "By philosophy of history I understand a theory which undertakes to discern the system of historical reality through a corresponding system of unified principles." (Pg.
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