MIT Press began publishing journals in 1970 with the first volumes of Linguistic Inquiry and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. Indeed, it concentrates on the notion of theory and considers how this underpins and/or relates to research in social science. If you encounter a problem downloading a file, please try again from a laptop or desktop. Explaining and Understanding Theory Previous Next. Understanding and Explanation clarifies the "explanation versus understanding" debate that has become central to the philosophy of the social sciences. Please choose from an option shown below. Of special interest to the English-language audience is the opportunity to see familiar (and hotly disputed) issues of action theory and the philosophy of (social and natural) science reflected in a framework deeply embedded in the tradition(s) of Kant, Hegel, Max, Dilthey, Max Weber, and the critical theory of the Frankfurt School. Introduction. Please log in from an authenticated institution or log into your member profile to access the email feature. From Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought. Please note that some file types are incompatible with some mobile and tablet devices. Explaining and Understanding Theory. Copy and paste the following HTML into your website. MIT Press Direct is a distinctive collection of influential MIT Press books curated for scholars and libraries worldwide. In Explaining and Understanding International Relations philosopher Martin Hollis and international relations scholar Steve Smith join forces to analyse the dominant theories of international relations and to examine the philosophical issues underlying them. Today we publish over 30 titles in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Karl-Otto Apel, as much as any German theorist, bridges the gulf between Anglo-American and continental thought in both the style and content of his work. Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Jan Völker, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/understanding-and-explanation, International Affairs, History, & Political Science, Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought. Introduction In order to provide a solid basis for a (scientific) theory, understanding and explaining seem indispensable. He differentiates three legitimate approaches to the social sciences, connected with three "knowledge-constitutive" interests: deductive-nomological sciences, historical-hermeneutic sciences, and critical-reconstructive sciences. Indeed, it concentrates on the notion of theory and considers how this underpins and/or relates to research in social science. Apel reexamines the debate over the logic of the social sciences from the perspective of an expanded theory of science, and he proposes a resolution in transcendent-pragmatic terms. Explaining and Understanding International Relations Martin Hollis, Steve Smith . Explaining and Understanding Theory Introduction Chapter 2 further examines the relationships between theory, truth, knowledge and reality. Show page numbers . Search form. Arguably, their Hierarchically Mechanistic Mind (HMM) model brings us closer to a comprehensive understanding of the brain. Book. Chapter 2 further examines the relationships between theory, truth, knowledge and reality. 1. A reexamination of the debate over the logic of the social sciences from the perspective of an expanded theory of science, and a proposal for a resolution in transcendent-pragmatic terms. After reviewing the failure of earlier discussions to resolve these issues, Apel develops his own approach in light of the turn from logico-semantic to pragmatic analysis of language in post-Wittgensteinian philosophy. PDF | On Jan 1, 2007, Oliver Kessler and others published Systems Theory beyond Explaining and Understanding | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate Sections . Understanding and Explanation clarifies the "explanation versus understanding" debate that has become central to the philosophy of the social sciences.