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Johann Gustav Droysen on Historiography - Dictionary of Arguments

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History/History/Droysen/Gadamer: As early as 1843, J. G. Droysen, the
author and discoverer of the history of Hellenism, wrote: "There is probably no scientific field so remote, theoretically
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justified, delimited and structured than history".
Gadamer: Already Droysen had called for a Kant who in a categorical imperative
of history would prove "the living source from which the historical life of mankind flows". He expresses the expectation that "the more profound concept of history will be the gravitational point in which the wild sway of the human sciences now has to gain steadfastness and the possibility of further progress"(1). The model of the natural sciences that Droysen calls up here is thus not meant in terms of content, in the sense of an approximation of the theory of science, but on the contrary in the sense that the humanities would have to be founded as an equally independent group of sciences. Droysen's [work] is an attempt to solve this problem. Cf. >Humanities/Dilthey.


1. J. G. Droysen, Historik (Neudruck 1925, hrsg. von E. Rothacker), S. 97.


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Droys I
J. G. Droysen
Grundriss der Historik Paderborn 2011

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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