W. Dilthey, Selected works, Volume II
Understanding the Human World is a welcome collection of Dilthey’s key philosophical and psychological writings from the 1890s, a highly productive and controversial period in the development of his thought. Dilthey’s endeavors to give both naturalistic and humanistic strategies their due regard and reconceive epistemology through the methods and data of the sciences, particularly history and psychology, led to the negative reaction of both positivists and idealists. No aspect of his thought was more provocative than his advocacy of a descriptive and analytic psychology as a “human science” (Geisteswissenschaft), which was opposed by those who considered psychology an exclusively naturalistic experimental science, including pioneering experimental psychologists such as Ebbinghaus and Wundt who pursued reductionist programs. Dilthey’s critics also included Neo-Kantian philosophers, in particular Windelband and Rickert, who protected the distinctiveness of the “cultural sciences,” as...
Nelson, E.S. (2011). Review of W. Dilthey, Selected works, Volume II. Human Studies 34 (4), pp. 471-474.
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