Hermeneutic Dialogue and Social Science: A Critique of Gadamer and Habermas

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Social Science - 178 pages
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The book includes: examinations of the philosophers' responses to theorists from Wilhelm Dilthey to Max Weber and Alfred Schutz; contextual information, including a compilation of debates over objectivity in social science from the Enlightenment to Mill, Durkheim and Weber; detailed definitions of critical terms, including "objectivity" and "positivism"; and a concluding assessment of the scope and limits of the idea of dialogical social science.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Objectivity objectivism and objectifying attitudes
5
2 Gadamer Habermas and the idea of dialogue
23
the early Dilthey
42
the later Dilthey
64
Weber Schütz and the theory of intersubjectivity
82
challenging Gadamer and Habermas
109
Weber Habermas and modernity
130
Notes
148
Bibliography
159
Index
172
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Austin Harrington is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds. He has published three books: Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics, Polity Press, 2004; Hermeneutic Dialogue and Social Science: A Critique of Gadamer and Habermas, Routledge, 2001 and The Protestant Ethic
Debate: Max Weber's Replies to his Critics, 1907-1910, Liverpool University Press, 2001, edited with D. Chalcraft.

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