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This paper compares the definitions of human and natural sciences stressing that human sciences are compatible with the fourth way of knowing emotion; however, the natural sciences are not. Next, the author explains that the ways of knowing must be compatible or closely linked with the theory. Whereas the human sciences are appealing because humans want to understand themselves, the paper underscores that because natural sciences are incompatible with emotion, they must appeal almost entirely to reason, perception and language.
From the Paper:"Perception is difficult to study within the realm of the sciences. Certainly, within quantitative theories it can be difficult to see how perception can fit in. However, even here a person's perception can affect how scientific findings are viewed. A simple example of this is the question "Is the glass half empty, or half full?" Though this is partially linked with language, it is nonetheless linked with a person's perception of a situation. As in Human Sciences, Natural Sciences also require language in order to be explained. Although this is not sufficient alone, it is necessary and also has an interesting effect on perception and reason. An interesting example of this is remnant in the language in which this essay is written. Historically, on the British Isles two different languages were spoken. One, a romance language (Old French or Latin) were used to communicate concepts in upper class dealings, i.e. Politics, History and most importantly Science. However, the peasantry spoke in a Germanic dialect (Old English or Middle English) using day to day language. This separation forms the basis of our language today. More interestingly however is that it was two language strands that communicated two entirely different levels of knowledge. Does this mean that one language may be superior to another at communication in a certain field?"
Sample of Sources Used:
- von Wright, Georg Henrik Explanation and Understanding; Cornell University Press, 2004
- Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ at 2014 GMT on 25/08/11
Cite this Analytical Essay:
Human and Natural Sciences Theories (2012, February 26) Retrieved November 20, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/human-and-natural-sciences-theories-150495/
"Human and Natural Sciences Theories" 26 February 2012. Web. 20 November. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/human-and-natural-sciences-theories-150495/>