Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983 - Philosophy - 284 pages
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Drawing freely and expertly from Continental and analytic traditions, Richard Bernstein examines a number of debates and controversies exemplified in the works of Gadamer, Habermas, Rorty, and Arendt. He argues that a "new conversation" is emerging about human rationality—a new understanding that emphasizes its practical character and has important ramifications both for thought and action.

 

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What's the best way to navigate between and beyond the Scylla of objectivism and the Charybdis of relativism? The author has assembled a fine crew of Kuhn, Gadamer, and Arendt to show you the ropes ... Read full review

Contents

PART
1
Objectivism and Relativism
8
The Cartesian Anxiety
16
The Idea of a SocialScience
25
A Primordial Mode of Being
34
Political Judgment and Practical Discourse
44
SCIENCE RATIONALITY AND INCOMMENSURABILITY
51
The Common Ground
61
Temporal Distance EffectiveHistorical Consciousness and the Fusion
139
The Movement Beyond Philosophic Hermeneutics
150
Philosophic Hermeneutics and the Cartesian Anxiety
165
PART FOUR
171
Habermas
182
Rortys Metacritique
197
Arendt
207
The Practical Task
223

The Development of the Philosophy of Science
71
Incommensurability and the Natural Sciences
79
Incommensurability and the Social Disciplines
93
PART THREE
109
The Cartesian Legacy
115
Understanding and Prejudice
126
Notes
233
A Letter by Professor HansGeorg Gadamer
261
Bibliography
267
Subject Index
277
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About the author (1983)

Richard J. Bernstein is Vera List Professor, Graduate Faculty, at the New School for Social Research and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. He is the author of numerous books, including these also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press: The Restructuring of Social and Political Theory and Praxis and Action: Contemporary Philosophies of Human Activity.

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