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Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges the gulf between Anglo-American and continental thought in both the style and content of his work. Understanding and Explanation clarifies the "explanation versus understanding" debate that has become central to the philosophy of the social sciences. Apel reexamines the debate over the logic of the social sciences from the perspective of an expanded theory of science, and he proposes a resolution in transcendent-pragmatic terms. He differentiates three legitimate approaches to the social sciences, connected with three "knowledge-constitutive" interests: deductive-nomological sciences, historical-hermeneutic sciences, and critical-reconstructive sciences.

Understanding and Explanation is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

  • ISBN13: 9780262510417
  • Publisher: Mit Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 1988
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00320
SeriesStudies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback)
Publication DateMarch 18, 1988

Understanding and Explanation: A Transcendental-Pragmatic Perspective

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