Minds and Machines

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 273–274 | Cite as

C. Mantzavinos: Naturalistic Hermeneutics

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005, xv+180, $77.00, ISBN 0-52184-812-1
  • Bradford Mccall

Unfortunately, it has come to be viewed that the method of the natural sciences cannot generate apprehension of meaning. Professor C. Mantzavinos (who holds the Chair in Economics and Philosophy at the Witten/Herdecke University, Germany), attempts to demonstrate that, on the contrary, meaningful human actions can be dealt with scientifically, using the prevalent hypothetico-deductive method that is used in the natural sciences. In this monograph, Mantzavinos defends the thesis that there is no fundamental methodological distinction between the natural sciences and the social sciences.

In his approach, Mantzavinos both critiques and constructs. In part one of the book, he critiques what he refers to as the hermeneutical dead ends of Dilthey, Heidegger, and Gadamer, who collectively advocate what has become known as philosophical hermeneutics. He contends that Dilthey’s attempt to show that the human sciences comprise an independent (i.e. autonomous) whole alongside the natural sciences...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachU.S.A

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