Romanticism, hermeneutics, and the crisis of the human sciences / Scott Masson.

"The human sciences established and developed in the nineteenth century have slowly disintegrated. It is an ironic end. It was in the name of the greater legitimacy of more universal psychological criteria that its architects disavowed the traditional theological standard for valuing and evalua...

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Main Author: Masson, Scott (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2004]
Series:Nineteenth century (Aldershot, England).
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Summary:"The human sciences established and developed in the nineteenth century have slowly disintegrated. It is an ironic end. It was in the name of the greater legitimacy of more universal psychological criteria that its architects disavowed the traditional theological standard for valuing and evaluating human words and deeds. With hindsight, we can see that universality was indeed gained, but only at the cost of alienating any sense of common legitimacy." "Harold Bloom, defending the canon largely in the humanising, 'moral sense' convention of critics operating since Matthew Arnold, has resolutely maintained the common legitimacy of aesthetic value against the claims of particular interest groups. But the very universality attached to aesthetic value is at odds with the world of common sense, and thus lies at the root of the problem. To complicate matters, this universality has been understood as a traditional criterion." "A more radical treatment of the subject is needed. This study begins by surveying the field of modern hermeneutics. Noting its repeated crises of self-legitimisation, it traces these to circular beliefs bequeathed by Romanticism that human nature is self-begetting, and can thus be known intimately and autonomously."--BOOK JACKET.
Physical Description:x, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and index.
ISBN:0754635031
9780754635031
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