After publishing the first volume of Einleitung in die Geisteswissenschaften (1883; Introduction to the Human Sciences, 1988), Wilhelm Dilthey intended to write a second volume that was to include an analysis of the nature of historical understanding. (Verstehen) Because of other projects, however, he was never able to complete the second volume. After 1896, Dilthey began to emphasize the method of using empathy in human understanding, and about 1900, he combined this approach with hermeneutics, or the systematic interpretation of human expressions. From about 1905 until his death, Dilthey used these two methods to attempt to produce an analysis of the nature of historical understanding. As part of this effort, he presented his essay, “De Aufbau der geschichtlichen Welt in den Geisteswissenschaften” (the construction of the historical world in the human sciences) to the Prussian Academy in January, 1910, and the essay was published in the academy’s proceedings later that year. After his death, Dilthey’s collaborators included this essay in a volume of his collected works, which contained other writing on historical methods. In 1961, Hans Peter Richman produced an English translation of the most significant parts of this volume, Meaning in History, a relatively concise introduction to the key ideas in Dilthey’s mature thought.