David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Man and World 30 (3):271-298 (1997)
Why a hermeneutical philosophy of the natural sciences? It is necessary to address the philosophic crisis of realism vs relativism in the natural sciences. This crisis is seen as a part of the cultural crisis that Husserl and Heidegger identified and attributed to the hegemonic role of theoretical and calculative thought in Western societies. The role of theory is addressed using the hermeneutical circle to probe the origin of theoretic meaning in scientific cultural praxes. This is studied in Galileo's discovery of the phases of Venus; the practice of measurement; the different theories and practices of space perception; the historicality and temporality of scientific research communities which ground paradigm change; and the process of discovery. The paper draws particularly from the work of Heidegger. Though envisaging all science and scholarship, the highlighted theme is research in the natural sciences
|Keywords||Philosophy Phenomenology Philosophy of Man Political Philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Patrick A. Heelan (1998). The Scope of Hermeneutics in Natural Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 29 (2):273-298.
Trish Glazebrook (2002). Karen Warren's Ecofeminism. Ethics and the Environment 7 (2):12-26.
Robert Shaw (2013). The Implications for Science Education of Heidegger's Philosophy of Science. Educational Philosophy and Theory 45 (5):546-570.
Dimitri Ginev (2013). Ethnomethodological and Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Perspectives on Scientific Practices. Human Studies 36 (2):277-305.
Similar books and articles
Suhhyun Park (2008). Hermeneutical Circle in the Understanding of Art. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 21:45-52.
Patrick Heelan (1983). Natural Science as a Hermeneutic of Instrumentation. Philosophy of Science 50 (2):181-204.
A. P. (1998). The Scope of Hermeneutics in Natural Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 29 (2):273-298.
Donald McIntosh (1997). Husserl, Weber, Freud, and the Method of the Human Sciences. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (3):328-353.
Joseph J. Kockelmans (1997). On the Hermeneutical Nature of Modern Natural Science. Man and World 30 (3):299-313.
Patrick A. Heelan (1982). Hermeneutical Realism and Scientific Observation. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:77 - 87.
Ricardo Waizbort (2004). Objectivity in Social Science: Toward a Hermeneutical Evolutionary Theory. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 34 (1):151-162.
Joseph Becker (1993). The Essential Nature of the Method of the Natural Sciences: Response to A. T. Nuyen's "Truth, Method, and Objectivity: Husserl and Gadamer on Scientific Method". Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (1):73-76.
Ekaterini Kaleri (1992). Zum Methodologischen Streit Zwischen Natur- Und Geisteswissenschaften. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 23 (2):223 - 239.
Barbara Tuchańska (1990). Can Relativism Be Reconciled with Realism and Causalism? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 4 (3):285-294.
Avron Kulak (2011). The Religious, the Secular, and the Natural Sciences: Nietzsche and the Death of God. The European Legacy 16 (6):785 - 797.
William Caleb McDaniel, An Extraordinary Reversal: Hermeneutics and the Divide Between the Sciences.
Uljana Feest (2012). Husserl's Crisis as a Crisis of Psychology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 43 (2):493-503.
Thomas A. C. Reydon (2009). Do the Life Sciences Need Natural Kinds? Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (2):167-190.
Edward Grant (2007). A History of Natural Philosophy: From the Ancient World to the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2010-09-02
Total downloads23 ( #126,757 of 1,725,833 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #210,637 of 1,725,833 )
How can I increase my downloads?