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Circular Foundations

Andrew Vincent

in The Nature of Political Theory

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199271252
eISBN:
9780191601101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199271259.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Deals with the hermeneutic work of Hans‐Georg Gadamer. It analyses the development of hermeneutic thinking, the focus on language, the critique of the Enlightenment and positivism, the role of ... More


Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Gurpreet Mahajan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198076971
eISBN:
9780199080403
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

Social scientists explain events by identifying reasons and causes. Occasionally they weave a series of events into a historical narrative. What is entailed in each kind of explanation? What form of ... More


Conclusion: Toward Sustainably Critical International Theory

Daniel J. Levine

in Recovering International Relations: The Promise of Sustainable Critique

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916061
eISBN:
9780199980246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916061.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The conclusion undertakes two key tasks. Surveying the case studies of the previous three chapters, it argues that reification can be understood as a coherent phenomenon, affecting the course of ... More


Hermeneutic Understanding

Gurpreet Mahajan

in Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198076971
eISBN:
9780199080403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

This chapter discusses hermeneutic understanding, which is primarily a way of recovering the meaning of utterances and performances of historical agents. However, what distinguishes it from other ... More


Some Considerations on Method

Gurpreet Mahajan

in Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198076971
eISBN:
9780199080403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

This chapter presents two conclusions that follow from the preceding discussions of the nature and structure of causal explanations, reason-action explanations, hermeneutic understanding, and the ... More


Narrative identity and the challenge of literary global politics: towards interpretive pluralism

Cerwyn Moore

in Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719075995
eISBN:
9781781702697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719075995.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the phenomenological roots of hermeneutic studies and forms a link to narratives accounts of identity. It then focuses on a turn in international relations that is concerned ... More


Black Suns and a Bright Planet: Melancholia

Thomas Elsaesser

in Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190600181
eISBN:
9780190600211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.003.0015
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

This chapter uses Melancholia as a case study for two related issues. First, it aligns a typically European “sense of an ending”—about the sustainability of a certain way of life—with epochal shifts ... More


The Inescapable Past: The Politics of Memory in Post-Communist Bulgaria

Venelin I. Ganev

in Twenty Years After Communism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199375134
eISBN:
9780199375165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199375134.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Democratization

The commemorative events that marked the twentieth anniversary of 1989 in Bulgaria led to rhetorical clashes over the meaning of the ouster of communist dictator Todor Zhivkov. This form of political ... More


Philosophical roots

Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely

in Interpretive Social Science: An Anti-Naturalist Approach

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198832942
eISBN:
9780191871344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832942.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter explains the basic philosophical concepts and features of the interpretive turn, including: meaning holism, the hermeneutic circle, self-interpretation, the social background, and ... More


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