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Understanding and Explanation : A Transcendental-Pragmatic Perspective - Karl-Otto Apel

Understanding and Explanation

A Transcendental-Pragmatic Perspective

By: Karl-Otto Apel, Georgia Warnke (Translator)

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Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges the gulf between Anglo-American and continental thought in both the style and content of his work. "Understanding and Explanation" clarifies the "explanation versus understanding" debate that has become central to the philosophy of the social sciences. Apel reexamines the debate over the logic of the social sciences from the perspective of an expanded theory of science, and he proposes a resolution in transcendent-pragmatic terms. He differentiates three legitimate approaches to the social sciences, connected with three "knowledge-constitutive" interests: deductive-nomological sciences, historical-hermeneutic sciences, and critical-reconstructive sciences. Karl-Otto Apel holds the chair for social philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. Understanding and Explanation is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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"Of special interest to the English-language audience is the opportunity to see familiar (and hotly disputed) issues of action theory and the philosophy of (social and natural) science reflected in a framework deeply embedded in the tradition(s) of Kant, Hegel, Max, Dilthey, Max Weber, and the critical theory of the Frankfurt School." John Connolly, Inquiry

ISBN: 9780262510417
ISBN-10: 0262510413
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 18th March 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition