double hermeneutic


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double hermeneutic

(GIDDENS, 1984) the assumption that understanding in sociology and social science involves an understanding of social ACTION at two levels:
  1. the understanding of the ‘meaningful social world as constituted by lay actors’;
  2. the ‘metalanguages invented by sociologists and social scientists to understand and explain social action’. See also HERMENEUTICS, ETHNOMETHODOLOGY, VERSTEHEN.
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The author applied the notion of a double hermeneutic to analyze the data as she tried to make sense of the participants' explanations of PD, who were making sense of their PD experiences.
He begins by describing how to rethink theory and practice and works through Bourdieu's theory as a way to liberate humans from symbolic violence, Gidden's double hermeneutic and the problem of language game change, the failure of Habermas's hermeneutic reconstructionism, and Rorty's critique of the will to power, among other topics.
Meditation on the early Greek thinkers, for Heidegger as well as for contemporary scholarship, includes a double hermeneutic task: to extricate their insights and texts (fragments, doxographies) from the "foreign (often Platonic and Aristotelian) contexts in which they are embedded" (p.
For instance, it is a logical feature of social research, following from the double hermeneutic, that all research endeavours have an ethnographic or "anthropological" aspect to them.