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ZUM BEITRAG VON G. BAHRENBERG: „ANMERKUNGEN ZU E. WIRTH's VERGEBLICHEM VERSUCH...“

Eugen Wirth
Geographische Zeitschrift
67. Jahrg., H. 2 (2. QUARTAL 1979), pp. 158-162
Published by: Franz Steiner Verlag
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27818079
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Abstract

G. Bahrenberg has thoroughly misunderstood me if he means that I wanted to form a new and elaborate theoretical basis for Regional Geography in my article, and if he means that my only argument in favor of Regional Geography was the epistemological conception of Karl Popper's „The Poverty of Historicism“. The main purpose of my article rather has been to refute the many prevailing arguments against Regioanl Geography in the first instance and then to clear the way for an epistemological foundation of Regional Geography. The contradictions G. Bahrenberg attempts to point out do not originate from my own mehodological approach but arise from misinterpretation of K. Popper's approach by the creation of artificial alternatives. G. Bahrenberg's suggestion of a phenomenological/hermeneutical approach is not only in dispute but is of no use for the development of an epistemological basis for Regional Geography. Per definitionem, hermeneutical methods may only be applied to men, his actions and works, and not to countries, states, regions or relief, climate and ecosystems. The latter can not be subjected to methods such as „Verstehen“, „Deutung“ or „Interpretation“. We have to realize after all, that the discussion about an epistemological foundation of Regional Geography is primarily of an academic nature. For the future, importance and weight of Regional Geography will not be decided by epistemological considerations but by practical relationships of „usefulness“, „need“ and „persuasive power„. There are many reasons for Länderkunde (Regional Geography).

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