History of hermeneutics

Outhwaite, W (2001) History of hermeneutics. In: Smelser, Neil J and Baltes, Paul B (eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier, London, pp. 6661-6665. ISBN 9780080430768

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The term ‘hermeneutics’ refers to the science, art, or technique of interpretation, paradigmatically of written texts but also, by extension, of human actions and other social phenomena. In this extended sense, it has come to denote a variety of approaches in the social and behavioral sciences (‘verstehende’ sociology, symbolic interactionism, social phenomenology, social constructionism, ethnomethodology). Hermeneutic or phenomenological approaches now coexist and are even combined with more structural conceptions of social science or ones modeled more closely on the natural sciences. Hermeneutics in a broader sense continues to exist as a major research tradition in the humanities, as well as a minority one in the social and behavioral sciences.

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Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:48
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URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22293
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