Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis

Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis

by Richard J. Bernstein

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Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis by Richard J. Bernstein

Drawing freely and expertly from Continental and analytic traditions, Richard Bernstein examines a number of debates and controversies exemplified in the works of Gadamer, Habermas, Rorty, and Arendt. He argues that a "new conversation" is emerging about human rationality—a new understanding that emphasizes its practical character and has important ramifications both for thought and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812211658
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/1983
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 660,351
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Richard J. Bernstein is Vera List Professor, Graduate Faculty, at the New School for Social Research and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. He is the author of numerous books, including these also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press: The Restructuring of Social and Political Theory and Praxis and Action: Contemporary Philosophies of Human Activity.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PART ONE. BEYOND OBJECTIVISM AND RELATIVISM: AN OVERVIEW
Objectivism and Relativism
The Cartesian Anxiety
Postempiricist Philosophy and History of Science
The Idea of a Social Science
The Recovery of the Hermeneutical Dimension of Science
Philosophic Hermeneutics: A Primordial Mode of Being
Hermeneutics and Praxis
Political Judgment and Practical Discourse
Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis

PART TWO. SCIENCE, RATIONALITY, AND INCOMMENSURABILITY
The Practical Rationality of Theory-Choice
Kuhn and His Critics: The Common Ground
The Development of the Philosophy of Science
Incommensurability and the Natural Sciences
Incommensurability and the Social Disciplines

PART THREE. FROM HERMENEUTICS TO PRAXIS
The Cartesian Legacy
Truth and the Experience of Art
Understanding and Prejudice
The Hermeneutical Circle
Temporal Distance, Effective-Historical Consciousness, and the Fusion of Horizons
Application: The Rediscovery of the Fundamental Hermeneutical Problem
The Movement Beyond Philosophic Hermeneutics
Philosophic Hermeneutics and the Cartesian Anxiety

PART FOUR. PRAXIS, PRACTICAL DISCOURSE, AND JUDGMENT
A Historical Interlude
Practical Discourse: Habermas
Rorty's Metacritique
Judgment: Arendt
Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: The Practical Task

NOTES
APPENDIX. A LETTER BY PROFESSOR HANS-GEORG GADAMER
BIBLIOGRAPHY
SUBJECT INDEX
INDEX

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