Drafts for Volume II of the Introduction to the Human Sciences: Unpublished Writings (1880-1893)


Wilhelm Dilthey
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Giovanni Ciriello
University of Naples Federico II



Publisher: FedOA Press (Federico II University Press).

Series: School of Human and Social Sciences. Working Papers.

Pages: 523.

Language: Italian.


Abstract: As is well-known to the scholars of European philosophical thinking between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the great and ambitious plan of diltheyan criticism of the reason of history condensed in a pond-pink Introduction to the Human Sciences appeared in 1883 only the first volume especially the first two Books. The volume, which we present here, encloses in chronological order the various drafts which, as early as 1880, Dilthey made the work of the second volume of the work, which would have to contain the other four Books, the dedicated ones to the gnoseological, logical and methodological aspects of the philosophical foundation of the so-called sciences of the spirit. An absorbing commitment, which Dilthey will pursue throughout his scientific life, without saving power, will cost him a little in terms of psycho-physical health. In addition to the volume, which besides Breslau drafts also contains the famous Berlin Plan dating back to the early nineties, we also thought it appropriate to include the two dafts of the "Althoff Letter" dating back to mid-1882, as they also contain useful observations on the designed Introduction to the Human Sciences.

Author Biographies

Wilhelm Dilthey, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

He was a German philosopher who lived from 1833 to 1911.

Giovanni Ciriello, University of Naples Federico II

Giovanni Ciriello (Pomigliano d'Arco 1959) works at the Department of Humanities of the University of Naples, Federico II, where he teaches History of Philosophy and Histories of European Philosophies. His research interests focus on the philosophical and scientific culture developed in the German area between the ninetieth and the twentieth century, with essays, translations and monographs on Dilthey, Yorck von Wartenburg and Nohl. His main contributions are: La fondazione gnoseologica e critica dell'etica nel primo Dilthey (Liguori 2001), Vita ed esperienza morale in Herman Nohl (Soveria Mannelli 2005), La filosofia della Selbstbesinnung di Dilthey. Dalla fondazione psico-antropologica alla fondazione etica dell’individualità (Soveria Mannelli 2007), Stratificazione e polarità del vivente. Saggio su Herman Nohl (Aracne 2016).

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November 25, 2017

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