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Understanding: the ability to give reasons for a distinction or to justify a selection of options. See also actions, meaning, knowledge.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Anthony Giddens on Understanding - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas III 158
Understanding/A. Giddens/Habermas: The generation of descriptions of acts by everyday actors is not indicental to social life as ongoing Praxis but is absolutely integral to its production and inseparable from it, since the characterization of what other do, is what makes possible the intersubjectivity through which the transfer of communicative
Habermas III 159
intent is realized. It is in these terms that verstehen must be regarded: not as a special method of entry to the social world peculiar to the social sciences, but as the ontological condition of human society as it is produced and reproduced by its members.(1)
>Understanding sociology
, >Historiography, >Sociology,
>Society, >Community, >Action theory.

1.A Giddens, New Rules of Sociological Method, London, 1976, p. 151.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Giddens, Anthony
Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981

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