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 (1993)

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Joe Becker
University of Illinois, Chicago
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Nuyen contrasts the natural sciences with the human sciences, contending that the latter has an objectivity that derives from its detachment and its generalization and abstraction from the particularity of individual objects and situations. In contrast the present paper offers a perspective which sees in the natural sciences an essential relation between knower and known similar to that attributed by Nuyen to the human sciences. Furthermore, it specifies the function of generalization in the natural sciences in terms of distinguishing between theory and data, even while working to bring them together. Examination of similarities and differences between the natural and the human sciences might ask whether the human sciences maintain a similar distinction by different methods. In that way we might more clearly understand whether interpretive and phenomenological methods are importantly similar to the method of the natural sciences, and whether they are differently scientific from the method of the natural sciences.
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