Definition of Verstehen in English:

Verstehen

noun

Sociology
  • Empathic understanding of human behavior.

    • ‘The effect that this shared commitment to Verstehen had on the sorts of social theory they applied is profound.’
    • ‘The social sciences are only based on a method called Verstehen (or what he calls conception).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would take a good deal of historical research and, more than that, a real effort of Verstehen to gain any insight into the motives of the young men.’

Origin

German, literally understanding.

Pronunciation:

Verstehen

/fərˈSHtāən/