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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
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The Context of Constitution

Beyond the Edge of Epistemological Justification

Authors: Ginev, Dimitri

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This study brings together ideas developed over many years in various lectures in an endeavour to clarify the concept of hermeneutic fore-structure of scientific research. The starting point of my investigations was the outline of an interp- tative approach to the constitution of science’s cognitive content. In the late 1970s I was preoccupied with a question that nowadays should be formulated as follows: Is it possible to claim a validity of the hermeneutic view of the “situatedness in a tradition” also for the natural sciences? I was convinced that the negative answer implies a self-defeating position. It states that in order to champion the (cultural) universality of hermeneutics, one has to profess the non-hermeneutic nature of the natural sciences. Paradoxically enough, this a- wer presupposes a sharp dividing line (between dialogical experience and monological research) in culture in order to stress the universality of hermeneutics. Long before the period of perestroika in my corner, I learned from Joseph Kockelmans, Patrick Heelan, and Theodore Kisiel how the universalization of hermeneutics can include the natural sciences without ignoring their cognitive specificity. Somewhat later, in the aftermath of the discussions over the “finalization of science”, I began to confront the view that it would be a kind of trivializing the struggle for a philosophical hermeneutics if the theory-observation nexus is treated as a specific hermeneutic circle. No doubt, the view is correct. I was, however, dissatisfied with the way of arguing for it.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Ideas for the situatedtranscendence of scientific research

    Pages 35-91

  • Reformulating the concept of “normal science” in the framework of hermeneutic phenomenology

    Pages 93-131

  • Hermeneutic phenomenology of scientific research

    Pages 133-190

  • The normativity of normal science: hermeneutic contextualism and proto-normativity

    Pages 191-215

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Context of Constitution
Book Subtitle
Beyond the Edge of Epistemological Justification
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
247
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4713-8
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4713-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4712-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7176-7
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 258
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