Definition of Verstehen in English:

Verstehen

Line breaks: Ver|stehen
Pronunciation: /fɛːˈʃteɪən
 
, fɛɐˈʃteːən/

noun

[mass noun] Sociology
  • Empathic understanding of human behaviour: a methodological framework founded upon the principles of Verstehen
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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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