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

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This book explores the writings of Gadamer and Habermas on hermeneutics and the methodology of the social sciences. By re-examining their views of earlier interpretive theorists, from Wilhelm Dilthey to Max Weber and Alfred Schutz, it offers a radical challenge to their idea of the 'dialogue' between researchers and their subjects.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Objectivity, objectivism and objectifying attitudes 5
2 Gadamer, Habermas and the idea of dialogue 23
3 Empathy and Verstehen: the early Dilthey 42
4 Towards a critique of historical reason: the later Dilthey 64
5 Phenomenological foundations: Weber, Schutz and the theory of intersubjectivity 82
6 Problems with the dialogue: challenging Gadamer and Habermas 109
7 Social science in the public sphere: Weber, Habermas and modernity 130
Notes 148
Bibliography 159
Index 172
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