The Hermeneutic Imagination

The Hermeneutic Imagination Outline of a Positive Critique of Scientism and Sociology Josef Bleicher

In his previous book, Contemporary Hermeneutics, Josef Bleicher offered an introduction to the subject, locating it mainly within the philosophy of social science, and looking at the profound impact it is having on a wide range of intellectual pursuits. This book follows on from this and expounds the author's view that the development of the hermeneutic imagination is an indispensable condition for reflexive sociological work and emancipatory social practice.

Dr Bleicher examines the various approaches to sociology - empiricist, functionalist, structuralist, interpretive, critical - by reference to a hermeneutic paradigm, and shows how the hermeneutic imagination leads to a redirection in sociology, away from scientistic presuppositions and towards an awareness of the dialogue which links the subject and object in the study of social phenomena. He argues that by allowing the hermeneutic imagination to develop, it is possible to counter the steering of social processes on the basis of technocratic imperatives, and to provide a rational anticipation of a better future.

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Specificaties

ISBN
9781138790599
Uitgever
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Druk
1e
Datum
01-01-2014
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
180 pp.
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Genre
Sociologie

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