The knife of historical relativism... which has cut to pieces all metaphysics and religion must also bring about healing.
More Quotes from Wilhelm Dilthey:Ancient metaphysics underwent many changes at the hands of medieval thinkers who brought it in line with the dominant religious and theological movements of their day.
The individual always realizes only one of the possibilities in its development, which could always have taken a different turning whenever it has to make an important decision.
To attempt this would be like seeing without eyes or directing the gaze of knowledge behind one's own eye. Modern science can acknowledge no other than this epistemological stand-point.
On the other hand, for the whole human being who wills, feels, and represents, external reality is given simultaneously and with as much certitude as his own self.
Any theory intended to describe and analyze socio-historical reality cannot restrict itself to the human spirit and disregard the totality of human nature.
If there were a science of human beings it would be anthropology that aims at understanding the totality of experience through structural context.
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