Wilhelm Dilthey

[Revised entry by Rudolf Makkreel on August 5, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Wilhelm Dilthey was a German philosopher who lived from 1833 - 1911. Dilthey is best known for the way he
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[Revised entry by Rudolf Makkreel on August 5, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Wilhelm Dilthey was a German philosopher who lived from 1833 - 1911. Dilthey is best known for the way he distinguished between the natural and human sciences. Whereas the main task of the natural sciences is to arrive at law-based causal explanations, the core task of the human sciences is the understanding of the organizational structures of human and historical life. It will be shown that this distinction is not so sharp as to rule out causal explanations in human sciences such as psychology and history; it...

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