Hermeneutics and Science

Proceedings of the First Conference of the International Society for Hermeneutics and Science

  • Márta Fehér
  • Olga Kiss
  • László Ropolyi

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 206)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Opening Address

    1. István M. Fehér
      Pages 1-12
  3. Philosophical Analyses

  4. History of Science

  5. Scientific Aspects

    1. George Kampis
      Pages 157-169
    2. Péter Érdi, Ildikó Aradi
      Pages 183-198
    3. Susanne Lijmbach
      Pages 199-205
    4. Enrico Giannetto
      Pages 207-225
  6. Language, Rhetoric, Community

  7. Philosophy of Science

  8. Closing Address

    1. Don Ihde
      Pages 345-351
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 353-388

About this book


Hermeneutics was elaborated as a specific art of understanding in humanities. The discovered paradigmatic, historical characteristics of scientific knowledge, and the role of rhetoric, interpretation and contextuality enabled us to use similar arguments in natural sciences too. In this way a new research field, the hermeneutics of science emerged based upon the works of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger and Gadamer.
A dialogue between philosophers and scientists begins in this volume on hermeneutic approaches to physics, biology, ethology, mathematics and cognitive science. Scientific principles, methodologies, discourse, language, and metaphors are analyzed, as well as the role of the lay public and the legitimation of science. Different hermeneutical-phenomenological approaches to perception, experiments, methods, discovery and justification and the genesis of science are presented. Hermeneutics shed a new light on the incommensurability of paradigms, the possibility of translation and the historical understanding of science.


Edmund Husserl Hans-Georg Gadamer Jürgen Habermas Martin Heidegger Maurice Merleau-Ponty Max Scheler Philosophy of Science discourse hermeneutics language objectivity science

Editors and affiliations

  • Márta Fehér
    • 1
  • Olga Kiss
    • 2
  • László Ropolyi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTechnical University of BudapestBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyBudapest University of Economic SciencesBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceEötvös UniversityBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5257-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9293-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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