Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 365–378 | Cite as

Darstellen und Rekonstruieren: Eine Hermeneutische Erwiderung auf Ian Hacking

  • Reinhard Schulz


Representing and Reconstructing: A Hermeneutical Reply to Ian Hacking. Hacking published in 1983 Representing and Intervening which has provoked, particularly in the US, the so called realism/anti-realism debate which is still alive today. He lays claim to anti-realism for theory and to realism for the experiment. Following him, only that which can be used for manipulating something (e.g., the path of an electon) is realistic. H. Putnam is a severe critic of this dualism. In my paper I am going to take the Hacking-Putnam controversy as a starting-point for the problem about the determination of the relation between theory and experiment in the natural sciences. I shall then follow M. Schlick's discussion of this problem and the current solution to the problem as offered by H. Pietschmann. The differing interpretation of Kant according to the three perspectives shall be the guideline for the argumentation. The goal of my argumentation is that theory and experiment do not live their own lives, that in experimenting one always continues traditional chains of action, and that natural science cannot be regarded independently of the life world it takes place in. This insight into the representing and reconstructing overturns in natural science, due to the necessity of human decisions, opens up their hermeneutical dimension.

Kant theory and experiment hermeneutics realism/anti-realism debate Bezugnahme 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhard Schulz
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  1. 1.Institut für Philosophie der Universität OldenburgOldenburg

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