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Humanist Archives: Dec. 23, 2018, 8:48 a.m. Humanist 32.289 - 'humanities' or 'human sciences'

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    [1]    From: Henry Schaffer 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.288: 'humanities' or 'human sciences' (14)

    [2]    From: Ken Friedman 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.288: 'humanities' or 'human sciences' (34)

        Date: 2018-12-23 00:32:49+00:00
        From: Henry Schaffer 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.288: 'humanities' or 'human sciences'

As a "scientist" I've long had trouble with the science-ness of some (not
all) of the "social sciences" because of what I consider to be the
subjective elements. An example, I like Kuhn's concept that if a theory
isn't falsifiable, then it isn't science. I see the same problems in DH
(i.e. in presentations/readings which are labelled DH) where I see
resemblences with deconstruction which I consider to be (primarily, if not
entirely) subjective.

So I'm very uneasy about labeling *all* of DH or humanities as "human

--henry schaffer

        Date: 2018-12-22 10:15:46+00:00
        From: Ken Friedman 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.288: 'humanities' or 'human sciences'

Dear Willard,

Been thinking about this since your first asked the question.

For me, the concept of the human sciences offers a bridge that links the social
and behavioural sciences and the humanities, including the intriguing area where
such fields as history can be treated either as one of the social sciences or
among the humanities. Other fields such as philosophy can be seen usefully in
the frame of the human sciences even though philosophy also includes logic, with
its link to mathematics.

The point is that we ought all to read more and to think more deeply: the
framework of the human sciences encourages us to question assumptions and to
walk around to think a bit.

Dilthey's work and the perspective of interpretive hermeneutics and exegetics
offer tools for better understanding what it is that human beings say and do. It
never seemed to me that the human sciences stand in opposition to the
humanities, but rather, support them.

Warm wishes,


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