Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Felix Kaufmann's Theory and Method in the Social Sciences

Editors: Cohen, Robert S., Helling, Ingeborg K. (Eds.)

  • Unique translation of Kaufman's final 1936 work
  • Lays-out a detailed introduction and background to Kaufmann's work
  • Contains extracts from personal anecdotes from former students and colleagues
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About this book

This volume contains the English translation of Felix Kaufmann's (1895-1945) main work Methodenlehre der Sozialwissenschaften (1936). In this book, Kaufmann develops a general theory of knowledge of the social sciences in his role as a cross-border commuter between Husserl's phenomenology, Kelsen's pure theory of law and the logical positivism of the Vienna Circle. This multilayered inquiry connects the value-oriented reflections of a general philosophy of science with the specificity of the methods and theories of the social sciences, as opposed to abstract natural science and psychology. The core focus of the study is the attempt to elucidate how and under what conditions scientific knowledge about social facts, empirically justified and theoretically embedded, can be obtained. The empirical basis of knowledge within the social sciences forms a phenomenological concept of experience. According to Kaufmann, this concept of experience exhibits a complex structure. Within the meaning-interpretation of human action as the core of knowledge in the social sciences, this structure reaches out across the isolated act of verification toward the synthesis of external and internal experiences. The book opens with a detailed and useful introduction by Ingeborg K. Helling, which introduces the historical and theoretical background of Kaufmann's study and specifically illuminates his relation to Alfred Schütz and John Dewey. Finally, it contains interviews with and letters to members of his family, colleagues and students.

Table of contents (2 chapters)

  • Felix Kaufmann in Perspective: An Introductory Essay

    Helling, Ingeborg K.

    Pages 1-101

  • Theory and Method in the Social Sciences by Felix Kaufmann: An English Translation

    Kaufmann, Felix

    Pages 103-353

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37554-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Felix Kaufmann's Theory and Method in the Social Sciences
Editors
  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Ingeborg K. Helling
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
303
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02845-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02845-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02844-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37554-0
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 357
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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