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Open Access Empirisierung (in) der Literaturwissenschaft: wissenschaftsinterne und -externe Dynamiken

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Empiricism in the science of literature: internal and external scientific dynamics

The contemporary empirical social sciences could only establish themselves as individual disciplines at the end of the 19th century because they adapted the scientific structure of the natural sciences. In continuation of this development the 20th century has been characterized by a pressure towards empiricism which also included the science of literature. The hermeneutic study of literature evaded however the corresponding internal scientific – intra- as well as interdisciplinary – dynamics so that meanwhile an external pressure towards empiricism is excerted by society, in particular with regard to the empirical testing of the efficacy of literature lessons. Because of the lack of competence in empirical methods, the science of literature has only an auxiliary function in this process. To be again master in one’s own house, an integration of theoretical and empirical science of literature should be conceptualized and realized.
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Publication date: January 1, 2011

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