Hermeneutics and the hypothetico‐deductive method

Dialectica 33 (3‐4):319-336 (1979)
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SummaryThe central thesis advocated by the author is that the so‐called hermeneutic method is actually the same as the hypothetico‐deductive method applied to materials that are “meaningful” . Five different interpretations of the role of the stranger in Ibsens “Peer Gynt” are discussed and shown to be examples of how interpretation‐hypotheses can be judged by confronting them with the data . The conclusion drawn from the analysis is this: there is no fundamental methodological difference between natural sciences and humanities

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Dagfinn Føllesdal
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Truth and meaning.Donald Davidson - 1967 - Synthese 17 (1):304-323.
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