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A meaning holistic (dis)solution of subject–object dualism – its implications for the human sciences

A meaning holistic (dis)solution of subject–object dualism – its implications for the human sciences This article presents and analyses a social-practice contextualist version of meaning holism, whose main root lies in American pragmatism. Proposing that beliefs depend on systems of language-use in social practices, which involve communities of people and worldly objects, such meaning holism effectively breaks down the Enlightenment tradition’s philosophical subject–object dualism (and scepticism). It also opens the human mind up for empirical research – in a ‘sociologizing’, ‘anthropologizing’ and ‘historicizing’ vein. The article discusses the implications of this approach for the human sciences, for instance certain parallel developments in anthropology and archaeology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of the Human Sciences SAGE

A meaning holistic (dis)solution of subject–object dualism – its implications for the human sciences

History of the Human Sciences , Volume 31 (3): 19 – Jul 1, 2018

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SAGE
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© The Author(s) 2018
ISSN
0952-6951
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1461-720X
DOI
10.1177/0952695117752015
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Abstract

This article presents and analyses a social-practice contextualist version of meaning holism, whose main root lies in American pragmatism. Proposing that beliefs depend on systems of language-use in social practices, which involve communities of people and worldly objects, such meaning holism effectively breaks down the Enlightenment tradition’s philosophical subject–object dualism (and scepticism). It also opens the human mind up for empirical research – in a ‘sociologizing’, ‘anthropologizing’ and ‘historicizing’ vein. The article discusses the implications of this approach for the human sciences, for instance certain parallel developments in anthropology and archaeology.

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History of the Human SciencesSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 2018

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