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ERIC Number: ED092994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 24
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Against a Science of Human Communication: The Role of Hermeneutics in Contributing Arguments from the Frankfurt School.
McLuskie, Ed
In examining "the thesis of complementarity for American communication studies," this paper refers to the idea that the dominating social science behaviorism of communication inquiry can be fruitfully complemented or supplemented with the science of interpretation (hermeneutics) as interpretation is regarded by the Frankfurt School of thought. The argument consists of three points: that the thesis of complementarity is recognized in the combination of the philosophy of science with a stated preeminence for the epistemological subject in hermeneutics; that hermeneutic understanding must be conceived of positivistically in order to subsist in this complementary relationship; and that the maintenance of the specific achievement of hermeneutics means the emancipation of inquiry from the cognitive monopoly of science. These three points are derived from the standpoint of Critical Theory as reflected in the Frankfurt point of view. Critical Theory's task has been to show the appearance of the increasing authority of science and thus amounts to an argument against a science of human communication. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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