Ideas for a Hermeneutic Phenomenology of the Natural Sciences

Volume II: On the Importance of Methodical Hermeneutics for a Hermeneutic Phenomenology of the Natural Sciences

  • Joseph J. Kockelmans

Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Importance of Methodical Hermeneutics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joseph J. Kockelmans
      Pages 2-20
  3. Concrete Examples To Explain the Interpretive Nature of the Scientific Theories of Natural Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Joseph J. Kockelmans
      Pages 36-62
    3. Joseph J. Kockelmans
      Pages 63-101
    4. Joseph J. Kockelmans
      Pages 102-174
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 175-211

About this book


Ideas for Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Natural Sciences (published in 1993 as volume 15 of this series) comprised mainly ontological reflections on the natural sciences. That book explained why the natural sciences must be considered inherently interpretive in character, and clarified the conditions under which scientific interpretations are "legitimate" and may be called "true".

This companion volume focuses on methodological issues. Its first part elucidates the methodical hermeneutics developed in the 19th century by Boeckh, Birt, Dilthey, and others. Its second part, through the use of concrete examples drawn from modern physics as it unfolded from Copernicus to Maxwell, clarifies and "proves" the main points of the ontologico-hermeneutical conception of the sciences elaborated in the earlier volume. It thereby both illuminates the most important problems confronting an ontologico-phenomenological approach to the natural sciences and offers an alternative to Kuhn's conception of the historical development of the natural sciences.


Interpretation Wilhelm Dilthey concept hermeneutics phenomenology

Authors and affiliations

  • Joseph J. Kockelmans
    • 1
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3918-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0379-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0923-9545
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