Conceptual tension : essays on kinship, politics, and by Leon J. Goldstein, David Schultz, Vincent M. Colapietro

By Leon J. Goldstein, David Schultz, Vincent M. Colapietro

Conceptual stress: Essays on Kinship, Politics, and Individualism is a severe philosophical exam of the function of strategies and inspiration formation in social sciences. Written via Leon J. Goldstein, a preeminent Jewish thinker who tested the epistemological foundations of social technological know-how inquiry throughout the moment 1/2 the 20 th century, the e-book undertakes a learn of idea formation and alter through the 4 severe phrases in anthropology (kinship), politics (parliament and Rousseau’s suggestion of the final will), and sociology (individualism). the writer demanding situations winning notions of notion formation and definition, particularly assertions by way of Gottlieb Frege that innovations have mounted, transparent obstacles that aren't topic to alter. as a substitute, drawing upon arguments by means of R.G. Collingwood, Goldstein asserts that ideas have a historic measurement with barriers and meanings that adjust with their use and context. Goldstein’s paintings presents perception for philosophers, historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and Judaica students drawn to the examine and that means of serious suggestions inside of their fields.

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Since each historical event is in many, if not most, ways qualitatively different from any other, it is no wonder that the program implied in the view that general laws are required or presupposed in history—as everywhere else—seems not worth taking time about. 100 xliv David Schultz The uniqueness of historical events (for Collingwood concrete and transient) on the one hand almost trivializes generalization. One would need to make the generalization so specific to the event that the generalization would hardly be general.

127 Historical facts are the product of research where history is inferred. 128 History defines its own methods 129 along with defining what it means to do history. This means that what constitutes “history” or a historical fact is also defined by historians. But if history is an epistemology and if historians cannot access the past but constitute it themselves, does that not mean that recounting the past is mere subjectivism? 130 No. On the Introduction xlix one hand history is a phenomenological constituting of the past.

In a sense, such a story is a loosely articulated ‘model’ of what happened. . Such a story must satisfy at least two conditions: (1) it must account for all the known relevant traces, or at least be consistent with them. ” 112 A narrative style of history is a form of reconstruction. It is a theory of history that would bear some resemblances both to German hermeneutics and works such as those by Hans-Georg Gadamer and also to literary and postmodern theories such as those by Jacques Derrida about interpretation that would treat objects of inquiry as if they were texts.

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