By Jan Faye
The philosophy of the humanistic sciences has been a blind-spot in analytic philosophy. This booklet argues that by way of adopting a suitable pragmatic research of clarification and interpretation it really is attainable to teach that medical perform of humanistic sciences may be understood on related traces to medical perform of usual and social sciences.
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The naturalistic understanding of our genetic heritage must not make us believe that human practices are fully determined by our genetic heritage. The humanities are not reducible to biology since their object of study includes the normativity, the intentionality, and the meaning we find in the use of language, in the changing of tradition, and in the history of cultures. Social interactions determine the norms for what is right or wrong; standards come into existence only in virtue of intentional acceptance.
Subsequent chapters will spend much energy to show that artistic sense and interpretation can be understood and explained exhaustively from a third person perspective. Normative discourses The problem of normative discourses seems to be this: in Nazi Germany modern art and literature were considered perverse and abominable, and the Nazis described this art as Enartete. Today, most people are not suffering from the same anguish. But we have no problem in describing empirically what caused the Nazis to deny a space for contemporary art.
In this process some individuals gradually become evolutionarily rewarded for having better ability to define strategies and to pursue and optimize methods for gathering knowledge. This development has also rewarded individuals who eventually were born with the gradual capacity of speaking a language by which they could communicate with each other and could transfer experience and knowledge from one generation to the next. All these abilities depended on brain adaptation to our ancestral environment, and they gave our ancestors the greatest opportunity for reproduction and survival in competition with others.
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