Wilhelm Dilthey: Selected Works, Volume I: Introduction to the Human Sciences

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Introduction to the Human Sciences carries forward a projected six-volume translation series of the major writings of Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911)—a philosopher and historian of culture who has had a strong and continuing influence on twentieth-century Continental philosophy as well as a broad range of other scholarly disciplines. In addition to his landmark works on the theories of history and the human sciences, Dilthey made important contributions to hermeneutics and phenomenology, aesthetics, psychology, and the methodology of the social sciences. The Selected Works will make accessible to English-speaking readers the full range of Dilthey's thought, including some historical essays and literary criticism. The series provides translations of complete texts, together with editorial notes, and contains manuscript materials that are currently being published for the first time in Germany.

This volume brings together the various parts of the Introduction to the Human Sciences published separately in the German edition. Rudolf Makkreel and Frithjof Rodi have underscored the systematic character of Dilthey's theory of the human sciences by translating the bulk of Dilthey's first volume (published in 1883) and his important drafts for the never-completed second volume.

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The first of a projected six-volume translation (from the German) of the major writings of Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911)--a philosopher and historian of culture who has had a strong and continuing influence on twentieth-century Continental philosophy as well as broad range of other scholarly disciplines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691020747
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/1991
  • Series: Wilhelm Dilthey's Selected Works Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to All Volumesxiii
Editorial Note to Volume Ixvii
Introduction to Volume I3
Introduction to the Human Sciences Volume I
Book 1Survey of the System of the Particular Human Sciences, in Which the Necessity of a Foundational Science Is Demonstrated53
Chapter 1The Aim of This Introduction to the Human Sciences55
Chapter 2The Human Sciences Form an Independent Whole alongside the Natural Sciences56
Chapter 3The Relationship of the Human Sciences to the Natural Sciences66
Chapter 4Survey of the Human Sciences72
Chapter 5The Content of the Human Sciences76
Chapter 6The Three Classes of Assertions in the Human Sciences78
Chapter 7The Differentiation of the Particular Human Sciences from Socio-Historical Reality79
Chapter 8The Sciences of Individuals as Elements of Socio-Historial Reality80
Chapter 9The Status of Our Knowledge of Socio-Historical Reality87
Chapter 10The Scientific Study of the Natural Articulation of both the Human Race and Particular Peoples91
Chapter 11The Differentiation of Two Further Kinds of Human Science93
Chapter 12The Sciences of the Cultural Systems99
Chapter 13The Sciences of the External Organization of Society114
Chapter 14Neither Philosophy of History nor Sociology Is Really a Science136
Chapter 15The Philosophy of History and Sociology Cannot Fulfill Their Tasks142
Chapter 16The Methods of the Philosophy of History and of Sociology Are Wrong153
Chapter 17Philosophy of History and Sociology Do Not Recognize the Relationship of History as a Science to the Particular Social Sciences159
Chapter 18The Growth and Perfection of the Particular Human Sciences162
Chapter 19The Necessity of an Epistemological Foundation for the Particular Human Sciences165
Book 2Metaphysics as Foundation of the Human Sciences: Its Dominance and Decline171
Section 1Mythic Thought and the Rise of Science in Europe173
Chapter 1The Task Arising from the Results of the First Book173
Chapter 2The Concept of Metaphysics. The Problem of the Relation of Metaphysics to Other Closely Related Phenomena176
Section 4The Dissolution of Man's Metaphysical Attitude toward Reality185
Chapter 1The Conditions of Modern Scientific Consciousness185
Chapter 2The Natural Sciences192
Chapter 3The Human Sciences207
Chapter 4Concluding Observations concerning the Impossibility of a Metaphysical Approach to Knowledge219
Drafts for Volume II of the Introduction to the Human Sciences (ca. 1880-1890)
Book 4Foundations of Knowledge243
Section 1The Facts of Consciousness ("Breslau Draft")245
Chapter 1The Principle of Phenomenality245
Chapter 2Perception and Concepts Emerge and Subsist in a Psychological Nexus Which Is Contained in the Totality of Psychic Life263
Chapter 3All Science Is Experiential Science; Even the Criteria That Determine What Is Experience Posses Their Evident Certainty Only as an Inner Experience271
Chapter 4The Facts of Consciousness Are Not Phenomena. Whether or Not They Are Effects Has No Bearing on Their Reality in Consciousness277
Chapter 5The Given, Which Forms the Point of Departure of Psychology, and the Scope of the Problem Inherent in It281
Chapter 6The Articulation of the Facts of Consciousness282
Chapter 7The Distinction between the Psychic Process and Its Content289
Chapter 8The Perceptual and Representational Content Manifests Three Relations in Consciousness. Accordingly Three Aspects Can Be Distinguished in the Acts of Psychic Life: (1) Perception--Representation--Thought (in Kant's Terminology, Cognition), (2) Feeling, and (3) Willing294
Chapter 9On the Modes and Degrees of Awareness300
Chapter 10The Narrowness of Consciousness and the Law of Attentiveness312
Chapter 11The Unity of Consciousness and the Psychic Act317
Chapter 12Self-consciousness in Connection with the Properties of Psychic Life Discussed Above329
Section 2The Perception of the External World354
Chapter 1Perception and Its Correlate, the Real World. Introduction354
Chapter 2The Principle of Phenomenality and Its Limits355
Chapter 3359
Chapter 4Self-consciousness and the Consciousness of External Objects361
Chapter 5The Spatial Order and Its Laws as Signs of Facts of the External World364
Chapter 6367
Section 3Inner Perception and the Experiences of Psychic Life368
Chapter 1The Analysis of Inner Perception368
Chapter 2The Basic Properties of Inner Perception and the Psychic Facts Given in It374
Chapter 3The Method of Inner Experience and Introspection375
Chapter 4The Flow of Time as the Form of Inner Perceptions381
Chapter 5383
Chapter 6The Connection of Outer and Inner Perception in the Recognition and Understanding of Other Persons388
Book 5Thought, Its Laws and Forms; Their Relation to Reality393
Section 1Thought and Its Analysis in Logic395
Section 2The Task of Logic as a Theory of Thought: The Methods for Carrying Out This Task and Their Appraisal400
Section 3The Laws of Thought407
Section 4The Categories414
Section 5The Forms of Thought419
Chapter 1419
Chapter 2The Concept426
Chapter 3The Inference and the Sphere of Logical Operations426
Book 6The Knowledge of Human Reality and the System of the Human Sciences429
Section 1The Purposive System of Human Reality and the Methods of the Sciences431
Section 2The Methods of the Natural Sciences436
Section 3The Methods of the Human Sciences438
Section 4The Analysis of Society and of History441
Section 5The Psychophysical Life-Unit442
Section 6Cultural Systems: Economic Life, Law447
Section 7Cultural Systems: Morality and Religion, Language, Art, and Science448
Section 8External Organization of Society: Education, Government452
Section 9Universal History and Pedagogy453
General Plan for Volume II of the Introduction to the Human Sciences, Books Three to Six ("Berlin Plan") (ca. 1893)
Book 3The Problem of the Human Sciences and the Current Stage of the Experiential Sciences and Epistemology460
Book 4Life: Descriptive and Comparative Psychology465
Section 1The Structure of Psychic Life466
Section 2Comparative Systematic Account of the Life of the Drives and Feelings470
Section 3Consciousness and Attentiveness: The Development and Inscrutability of the Intellect470
Section 4Temperament and Will470
Section 5The Developmental History of the Individual and His Highest Achievement472
Book 5Foundation of Knowledge473
Section 1Life and Knowledge474
Section 2Perception and Reality482
Section 3Thought and Truth483
Book 6On the Power Available through Knowledge, and the Limits of That Power485
Part 1Comments on the Introduction to the Human Sciences: Drafts of the "Althoff Letter"493
Part 2Postscript to Book One: "Sociology"497
Part 3Early Draft of Book Four: "Presuppositions or Conditions of Consciousness or Scientific Knowledge"500
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