An Inquiry Into the Philosophical Foundations of the Human Sciences

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Philosophy - 260 pages
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Many available books say that a particular approach, framework, philosophy, or method is the key to a rosy future for the social sciences, psychology, or cultural studies. However, they make these claims separately and in technical and specialized ways. This book addresses all of these aspects at once in a lively and generalist way. Unusual about it is its seamless flow across a large range of fields and issues. Rare about it is the emotional tension it builds and sustains. Unique about it is that, while grounding and orienting the human sciences, it addresses the largest questions of philosophy. Brimming with fresh insight, An Inquiry into the Philosophical Foundations of the Human Sciences is an ambitious, bold, deeply thought, and powerfully felt work with a tone as distinct as its ideas.
 

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Contents

The Consummatory and Instrumental
9
Levels of Reflexivity
15
Community Association Supercommunity and Superassociation
39
The Ideal and Real
47
Individualism and Collectivism
61
Consciousness Character Space and Time
71
The Impasse of Sectoralism
79
The Rational Universal
87
Dialectical Historicism
165
Phenomenology and Method in the Human Sciences
173
Aesthetics
201
Reunifying the Human Sciences under Philosophy
225
Index
249
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The Author: Alfred Claassen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at California State University, Fresno. He received his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has been published in professional journals.

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