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Popper sur les « obstacles épistémologiques » dans la constitution des sciences humaines
Popper on the “Epistemological Obstacles” in the Making of the Humanities

Author(s): Ionuţ-Constantin Isac
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: Karl Popper; epistemology; human sciences; scientism; essentialism; positivism

Summary/Abstract: The theoretical and methodological works of Sir Karl Popper that have in sight the status, the scope as well as the methods of human sciences/ social sciences are still important, outstanding and influential among the specialists. In what concerns the effort carried on by the scientific community in order to build up the human sciences, Popper points out and analyses – beginning with the ‘40’s of the XXth century – some obstacles inherent to these sciences that appear in the very process of their “construction”. According to their nature, a demarcation has been introduced (by A. Boyer) between the so-called “epistemological obstacles” and “real obstacles” that threaten the “house” of humanities. Our paper proposes, on Popperian basis, a critical analysis of the “epistemological obstacles”, especially having in sight the scientism, the essentialism and the positivism from the point of view of the challenges of the knowledge society.

  • Issue Year: XI/2013
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 183-192
  • Page Count: 10