The operation called Verstehen

TitleThe operation called Verstehen
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsAbel, T

Main Argument: The postulate of verstehen is the main argument of social theorists who assert the existence of a dichotomy between the physical and the social sciences. An analysis of the operation of verstehen shows that is does not provide new knowledge and that is cannot be used as a means of verification. Lacking the fundamental attributes of scientific method, even though id does perform some auxiliary functions in research, the fact that of verstehen cannot prove dichotomy of the sciences.