A Discussion on Hermeneutics and Phenomenology

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A Discussion on Hermeneutics and Phenomenology
This paper addresses two broad questions: what is hermeneutics and how does it help social science? And what is phenomenology and how can it help social science? In the final analysis, the first of the two concepts is beneficial because it allows us to better understand primary documents; the second of the two concepts is important because it allows us to understand how subjectivities shape the ways in which people interpret and formulate the world around them. Both of these concepts can work particularly well for historians or theologians; it is not clear that they are as directly applicable to other social sciences. In any case, the two certainly allow us to develop a more sophisticated and...
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.....e find strange or controversial. At the very least, the former (hermeneutics) helps us to develop a more precise understanding of the “truth” of things whereas the latter (Phenomenology) helps us to gain a better understanding of how subjective perceptions shape the seemingly “objective” structures, institutions or documents passed down to us by previous generations.
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Answers Corporation. “Hermeneutics: Definition from answers.com.” 2010. 8 Feb. 2010 http://www.answers.com/topic/hermeneutics#Etymology
Answers Corporation. “Phenomenology: Definition from answers.com.” 2010. 8 Feb. 2010 http://www.answers.com/topic/phenomenology
Merriam-Webster. “hermeneutic.” 2010. 7 Feb. 2010 http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermeneutics