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Explanation, understanding, and making sense in anthropology


1988 1988

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Contemporary anthropological theory can be seen as part of the debate over explanation and understanding in the study of human phenomena. This debate has important implications for the practice of anthropology and history, and in public affairs and everyday life as well.

This dissertation focuses on the relationship between explanation and understanding--how they can be reconciled as part of a continuum or part of a larger intellectual process of interpretation, on the one hand, or how they can be separated from each other on the other. The opposition of explanation and understanding is examined in terms of object ontology, subject epistemology, and subject ontology. The authors who contributed most to this inquiry are Dilthey, Gadamer, Ricoeur, Weber, and Kroeber.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Explanation, understanding, and making sense in anthropology
Author
Holmes, Richard Douglas
Number of pages
142
Publication year
1988
Degree date
1988
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 49/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Hudson, Alfred B.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8813238
ProQuest document ID
303713883
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303713883
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