(Anti)hermeneutical philosophy for science

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Philosophical hermeneutics claims that human understanding, while being contingent and historical, is likewise universal and bears within itself some pervasive features detectable via hermeneutical analyses of historically imparted tradition and language. Similarly, hermeneutical philosophy of science is condent that hermeneutical methods are the only proper tool to adequately assess, reconstruct, explain or give ameaning to historical but universal scientic knowledge and its various forms. I point out two versions of hermeneutical philosophy of science and argue that whenever philosophical hermeneutics pursues rescuing “scienticity”, human rationality, human rights, common values, and so forth under the pretence of its universality and competence, it necessarily transcends and violates the tenets of its own. I conclude in the favour ofmoderate interpretation of practical hermeneutics, perhaps in the very essence of it rest postmodern concepts of historicality, transparency and tolerance, withoutwhich there is no possibility of extricating oneself from hermeneuticism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-107
JournalStudia philosophica Estonica
Issue numberspec. iss.
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • Hermeneutical philosophy of science
  • Neopragmatism
  • Philosophy of scientific practices

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