Definition of Verstehen in English:

Verstehen

Syllabification: Ver·ste·hen
Pronunciation: /fərˈSHtāən
 
/

noun

Sociology
Empathic understanding of human behavior.
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  • This position can itself be viewed as the product of the confluence of three related stances: Weber's notion of Verstehen; symbolic interactionism; and phenomenology.
  • The social sciences are only based on a method called Verstehen (or what he calls conception).
  • The effect that this shared commitment to Verstehen had on the sorts of social theory they applied is profound.

Origin

German, literally 'understanding'.

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