By Jan Faye
The philosophy of the humanistic sciences has been a blind-spot in analytic philosophy. This booklet argues that by way of adopting a suitable pragmatic research of rationalization and interpretation it really is attainable to teach that clinical perform of humanistic sciences will be understood on related traces to medical perform of average and social sciences.
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Extra resources for After Postmodernism: A Naturalistic Reconstruction of the Humanities
The issues which the human sciences are working with can be characterized as those phenomena that arise in the interrelationship between intentions, behaviour, opinion, and norms. Intention and behaviour belong to individuals, while linguistic meaning and norms belong to the community. The interaction between these four aspects of human existence, made through a long historical process which creates cultural diversity, serves as the area of humanistic research. There is an urgent need to rearm the humanities and redefine what the particular humanistic approach to the understanding of man is if humanistic research is to maintain its place as a scientific study by appeal to an independent and well-defined subject area.
Therefore I would argue that naturalism as an epistemological doctrine implies naturalism as an ontological doctrine. The reason is that if we can observe or test something, it must be something to which we can be causally connected; we cannot observe things or test our assumptions about things that we are not causally connected with as part of the natural order in which we stand. It means, in my opinion, that a denial of ontological dualism provides us with a denial of epistemological dualism.
The rest of this chapter will focus on the normative discourse, intentions, and the first person perspective. Subsequent chapters will spend much energy to show that artistic sense and interpretation can be understood and explained exhaustively from a third person perspective. Normative discourses The problem of normative discourses seems to be this: in Nazi Germany modern art and literature were considered perverse and abominable, and the Nazis described this art as Enartete. Today, most people are not suffering from the same anguish.