The Nature of Scientific Thinking: On Interpretation, Explanation, and Understanding

2014.11.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jan Faye, The Nature of Scientific Thinking: On Interpretation, Explanation, and Understanding, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 333pp.,
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2014.11.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jan Faye, The Nature of Scientific Thinking: On Interpretation, Explanation, and Understanding, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 333pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137389824. Reviewed by Henk W. de Regt, VU University Amsterdam Two years ago Jan Faye published After Postmodernism: A Naturalistic Reconstruction of the Humanities (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). His new book complements that work, applying the same approach to the natural sciences. In fact, one of Faye's central theses is that (at least from the epistemological point of view) no sharp distinction between the humanities and the natural sciences can or should be drawn. In contrast to the traditional view that the natural sciences aim at explanation and representation while the humanities strive for understanding and interpretation, Faye claims that these four notions are important in all disciplines. He elaborates this thesis for the natural sciences,. . .

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