Hermeneutics and the Natural Sciences

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This remarkable volume attests to the world-wide development of a hermeneutical approach to the natural sciences. Questions raised by the essays include: What is a phenomenology of 'scientific' perception? How does meaning arise out of laboratory situations? How do individuals or groups come to terms with the particular problem situations in which they find themselves by drawing on the available conceptual and practical resources which structure these situations?
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Overview

This remarkable volume attests to the world-wide development of a hermeneutical approach to the natural sciences. Questions raised by the essays include: What is a phenomenology of 'scientific' perception? How does meaning arise out of laboratory situations? How do individuals or groups come to terms with the particular problem situations in which they find themselves by drawing on the available conceptual and practical resources which structure these situations?
The essays are organized around three central themes. One group of authors (Heelan, Kockelmans, and Gremmen/Jacobs) recalls and applies existing historical resources of hermeneutical phenomenology to current scientific and social issues. A second group (Kisiel, Eger) considers the differences between a specifically hermeneutical approach to science and related approaches such as cultural studies and social constructivism. A third group (Ihde, Gendlin) seeks to forge new directions and tools for understanding natural scientific practice.
As Crease's introductory essay makes plain, the authors share the commitment of hermeneutical philosophy to the priority of meaning over technique, the primacy of the practical over the theoretical, and the priority of situation over abstract formulation. In the process, the authors revive and transform the ancient Greek idea that the key to living well, to being fully and authentically human, resides primarily in the exercise of the practical not the theoretical virtues, in the art of doing well in the workworld and acting well in the polis.
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Contains eight contributions reprinted from Man and World, v.30 (3), 1997 and based partly on discussions conducted at the 1996 meeting of the International Society for Hermeneutics and Science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Essays address the definition of a phenomenology of "scientific" perception; how meaning arises out of laboratory situations; the nature and development of philosophical hermeneutics; and the application of hermeneutics to different areas of science, among other topics. Lacks an index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789401065115
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Hermeneutics and the Natural Sciences: Introduction; R.P. Crease. Why a Hermeneutical Philosophy of the Natural Sciences? P.A. Heelan. On the Hermeneutical Nature of Modern Natural Science; J.J. Kockelmans. Inderstanding Sustainability; B. Gremmen, J. Jacobs. A Hemrneutics of the Natural Sciences? The Debate Updated; T.J. Kisiel. Achievements of the Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Approach to Natural Sciences; M. Eger. Thingly Hermeneutics: Technoconstructions; D. Ihde. The Responsive Order: A New Empiricism; E.T. Gendlin.
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