comm ch 4 - Interpretivists Moving Beyond the Cartesian...

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Interpretivists Moving Beyond the Cartesian Knowledge Well Post hoc ergo propter hoc After therefore because False Cause Reverse causality Removing a cause may not stop the effect Shedding the bonds of Positivists Knowledge of an object or phenomena can exist outside of observation (Kant’s a- priori knowledge) Positivists method is not appropriate for understanding the life world. Instead, we need a method that accounts for the subjective meanings in social action (Weber) Example: Insults Via positivists, you must observe the insult and reaction, develop a hypothesis based upon what you see, and would look for regularities and patterns Interpretivists would allow for and explore the subjective meaning of the insults to different people. Hermeneutics Founded with Biblical studies Extends concept of “text” to social lives Apply theory and other knowledge to the text, but the text then informs our
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course COMM 305 taught by Professor Iverson during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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