Notes to Karl Jaspers

1. The starting point of the controversy about the terms ‘understanding’ (Verstehen) and ‘explaining’ (Erkläraen) is in the debate between Dilthey and Droysen regarding the methodical distinction between the human sciences and the natural sciences, based on both the different phenomena and approaches. See: Wilhelm Dilthey, Der Aufbau der Geschichtlichen Welt in den Geisteswissenschaften, Bd. VII, Stuttgart: B.G. Teubner and Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1968, pp.88-120. See also: Rudolf Boehm, “‘Erklären’ und ‘Verstehen’ bei Dilthey”, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung, Bd. 5, H. 3 (1951): 410–417.

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