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Continental Philosophy of Social Science

  • Date Published: February 2006
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521670982

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  • Continental Philosophy of Social Science demonstrates the unique and autonomous nature of the continental approach to social science and contrasts it with the Anglo-American tradition. Yvonne Sherratt argues for the importance of an historical understanding of the Continental tradition in order to appreciate its individual, humanist character. Examining the key traditions of hermeneutic, genealogy, and critical theory, and the texts of major thinkers such as Gadamer, Ricoeur, Derrida, Nietzsche, Foucault, the Early Frankfurt School and Habermas, she also contextualizes contemporary developments within strands of thought stemming back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Sherratt shows how these modes of thinking developed through medieval Christian thought into the Enlightenment and Romantic eras, before becoming mainstays of twentieth-century disciplines. Continental Philosophy of Social Science will serve as the essential textbook for courses in philosophy or social sciences.

    • Specializes in European traditions of the philosophy of social sciences
    • Contextualizes European tradition against Anglo-American approaches
    • Places familiar names like Gadamer, Habermas, Foucault, and Derrida in deep traditions of history and European thought
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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521670982
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 165 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. The Tradition of Hermeneutics:
    1. Ancient hermeneutics
    2. Biblical hermeneutics
    3. German philosophical hermeneutics: Enlightenment and Romanticism
    4. German philosophical hermeneutics: phenomenology and Existentialism
    5. Continental philosophical hermeneutics post-war
    Part II. The Tradition of Genealogy:
    1. The history of genealogy: Nietzsche
    2. The theory of genealogy: Foucault
    3. Application of genealogy
    Part III. The Tradition of Critical Theory:
    1. The history of critical theory
    2. Critical theory I
    3. Critical theory II.

  • Author

    Yvonne Sherratt, University of Oxford
    Yvonne Sherratt is British Academy Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. She has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Wales, and is the author of Adorno's Positive Dialectic.

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