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Hans-Georg Gadamer

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Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) is arguably the figure most associated with hermeneutics in our times. Gadamer completed his doctoral studies in Marburg, where his teachers included Paul Natrop and Nicolai Hartman; the principle influence on Gadamer’s philosophical development, however, was Martin Heidegger, with whom Gadamer subsequently completed his Habilitation studies in Freiburg. Among Gadamer’s faculty appointments, perhaps the most notable are the positions he has held at the University of Leipzig from 1939–1947, where he also served in 1946 as Rector, and at the University of Heidelberg from 1949 until his official retirement in the late 1960s, as well as after this his long association with Boston College. Gadamer’s project, which is typically identified as philosophical hermeneutics, may be understood to build on Heidegger’s elucidation of hermeneutics in an ontological register. Hermeneutics, as the early Heidegger develops it, concerns not foremost the art of understanding or epistemological considerations of our cognitive capacity to understand and interpret, but, more fundamentally, the ontology of human beings insofar as human beings are characterized by their disclosedness, that is, their openness to the being of whatever beings they find themselves involved with. Gadamer, from this point of departure, stresses the finitude of such openness, arguing that hermeneutic experience is epitomized by dialogic interaction, or, conversation, and that human understanding remains always conditioned by prejudices, or, pre-judgments, passed down through tradition and language. Gadamer develops his project of philosophical hermeneutics in his major work, Truth and Method, as well as in a large body of other writings, and his work makes significant contributions in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, practical philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, and a number of other areas. Influenced not only by Heidegger, but also several figures in the history of philosophy, especially Plato, Aristotle, and Hegel, Gadamer is furthermore noted for his important philosophical engagements with leading figures of the age, especially Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. 

Key works

While Gadamer’s writings are largely gathered in the eleven volumes that comprise his collected works, Gesammelte Werke (Mohr Siebeck, 1990), many of his important writings are available in English translation. His major work is Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method. Many of Gadamer’s important further contributions are represented in English translation in a number of collected volumes. Two collected volumes that address a broad range of central themes in Gadamer’s thought are Philosophical Hermeneutics and The Gadamer Reader: A Bouquet of the Later Writings. A volume that collects many of his important writings on the hermeneutical significance of beauty, as well as themes in the philosophy of art and aesthetics more broadly, is The Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Writings; a volume that collects some of Gadamer’s most important contributions to the philosophical study of literature is Literature and Philosophy in Dialogue: Essays in German Literary Theory. A further notable collected volume is Hermeneutics, Religion and Ethics. Gadamer’s hermeneutical engagements with of some of his important philosophical influences may be found in Dialogue and Dialectic: Eight Hermeneutical Studies on Plato, The Beginning of Philosophy, Hegel’s Dialectic: Five Hermeneutical Studies and Heidegger's Ways. Gadamer discusses the arc of his own philosophical life in Philosophical Apprenticeships and “Reflections on my Philosophical Journey".

Introductions

Of the many good introductions to hermeneutics available in English, those highly recommended include, in alphabetical order by author: 

Di Cesare, Donatella, Gadamer. A Philosophical Portrait

Dostal, Robert, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer

Grondin, Jean, The Philosophy of Gadamer.  

Johnson, Patricia, On Gadamer

Risser, James, Hermeneutics and the Voice of the Other.

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  1. Oscar Moro Abadía (2011). Hermeneutical Contributions to the History of Science: Gadamer on 'Presentism'. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (2):372-380.
    This article examines how Hans G. Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics can contribute to contemporary debates on the concept of ‘presentism’. In the field of the history of science, this term is usually employed in two ways. First, ‘presentism’ refers to the kind of historiography which judges the past to legitimate the present. Second, this concept designates the inevitable influence of the present in the interpretation of the past. In this paper, I argue that both dimensions of the relationship between the present (...)
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  2. Maria del Rosario Acosta (2012). El diálogo que somos: la comprensión como espacio para la política. Areté. Revista de Filosofía 18 (2):205-228.
    This paper mainly proposes to point out some aspects that render hermeneutics pertinent within the context of political discussion, defending it from attacks mostly stemming from a philosophy of critical consciousness such as Habermas’s, Adorno’s, and some of their followers. It will be shown, from Gadamer’s perspective, how hermeneutics responds to those critiques within its conception of understanding as a fundamental task and a primordial political space. Contrary to a philosophy that appeals to the need of “taking its distance” as (...)
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  3. Joseph Agassi (1994). Gadamer Without Tears. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 24 (4):485-505.
    The chief feature of Gadamer's philosophy is his claim that the humanities obey their own rules concerning reading texts and ensuring certitude. The promise of certitude is illusory, however, and the discourses on interpretation by him and his leading disciples are too confused to instruct the reader. His own sketch of his philosophy, published in his autobiographic Philosophical Apprenticeship, and its reflection in Gadamer and Hermeneutics (Hugh J. Silverman, ed.), shows this and reveals him as still too insensitive to the (...)
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  4. Jm Aguirreoraa (1993). Critical Reason or Hermeneutic Reason+ Examining the Controversy Between Habermas and Gadamer. Revue Philosophique De Louvain 91 (91):409-440.
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  5. Christopher Albrecht (2001). Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Hermeneutics, Religion, and Ethics. Review of Metaphysics 55 (2):393-395.
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  6. Linda Martín Alcoff (2003). Gadamer's Feminist Epistemology. In Lorraine Code (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Pennsylvania State University Press.
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  7. Rudolf Allers (1951). LEISEGANG, HANS. "Denkformen". [REVIEW] Modern Schoolman 29:254.
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  8. J. M. Almarza-Menica (1985). La praxis de la hermenéutica filosofica segun HG Gadamer in Sobre hermenéutica. Estudios Filosóficos 34 (95).
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  9. Patricia Altenbernd Johnson (1992). Dieter Misgeld and Graeme Nicholson, Eds., Hans-Georg Gadamer on Education, Poetry, and History Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (5):342-344.
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  10. Patricia Altenbernd Johnson (1991). Kathleen Wright, Ed., Festivals of Interpretation. Essays on Hans-Georg Gadamer's Work Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 11 (6):439-440.
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  11. Patricia Altenbernd Johnson (1988). Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Essays Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 8 (5):166-168.
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  12. Lluis Àlvarez (2000). Gadamer, l'Europa e la filosofia. Iride 13 (2):295-304.
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  13. Joshua Amaru (2003). Gadamer's Century: Essays in Honor of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Common Knowledge 9 (3):545-546.
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  14. Peter Amato (2006). Marxist Critique and Philosophical Hermeneutics. Radical Philosophy Today 2006:235-242.
    Philosophically robust conceptions of ethical life and moral critique would advance the struggle against capital. Marx can be read as implying that human life is irreducibly meaningful, linguistic, and cultural, but he often is not. Whether or not Marx recognized them himself, these dimensions of life have not been sufficiently thematized or developed by Marxists. I argue that we can move toward doing so with assistance from Hans-Georg Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics. A hermeneutical approach to historical materialism would help clarify and (...)
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  15. Francis J. Ambrosio (1995). Hans-Georg Gadamer on Education, Poetry, and History. Review of Metaphysics 49 (1):134-135.
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  16. Francis J. Ambrosio (1988). Gadamer and Aristotle. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 62:174-182.
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  17. Francis J. Ambrosio (1987). Gadamer, Plato, and the Discipline of Dialogue. International Philosophical Quarterly 27 (1):17-32.
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  18. Francis J. Ambrosio (1987). Gadamer. The Owl of Minerva 19 (1):23-40.
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  19. Francis J. Ambrosio (1986). Dawn and Dusk: Gadamer and Heidegger on Truth. [REVIEW] Man and World 19 (1):21-53.
    Understanding certainly does not mean merely the taking over of traditional opinion or the acknowledgment of what has been enshrined by tradition. Heidegger, who had first identified the concept of understanding as a universal determination of Dasein, means thereby precisely the character of understanding as project, which is really to say, Dasein in its orientation toward its own future. At the same time, I do not wish to deny that I for my part have emphasized within the universal matrix of (...)
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  20. Emilia Angelova (2013). Heidegger and Gadamer. In Francois Raffoul & Eric S. Nelson (eds.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger. Bloomsbury. 165.
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  21. Marc H. Applebaum (2011). (Mis)Appropriations of Gadamer in Qualitative Research: A Husserlian Critique (Part 1). Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 11 (1).
    Within the Husserlian phenomenological philosophical tradition, description and interpretation co-exist. However, teaching the practice of phenomenological psychological research requires careful articulation of the differences between a descriptive and an interpretive relationship to what is provided by qualitative data. If as researchers we neglect the epistemological foundations of our work or avoid working through difficult methodological issues, then our work invites dismissal as inadequate science, undermining the effort to strongly establish psychology along qualitative lines. The first article in this two-part discussion (...)
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  22. Francisco Arenas-Dolz (ed.) (2011). Márgenes de la Interpretación: Diálogo, Símbolo y Analogía. Plaza y Valdés Editores.
    El camino seguido por la hermenéutica analógica representa una perspectiva novedosa entre los planteamientos de las hermenéuticas contemporáneas, que se ha aplicado a distintas áreas. En este volumen se aborda la convergencia de la hermenéutica analógica con algunas de estas disciplinas. La hermenéutica analógica procura entender no solo las humanidades sino las ciencias de un modo que no sea ni meramente univocista ni meramente equivocista, sino analógico; de un modo que no sea ni meramente descriptivo ni meramente prescriptivo, sino interpretativo, (...)
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  23. Alex Argyros (1986). The Warp of the World: Deconstruction and Hermeneutics. Diacritics 16 (3):47-55.
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  24. Angela Benabarre Ariño (2002). Presencia de CG Humboldt En HG Gadamer. Naturaleza y Gracia: Revista Cuatrimestral de Ciencias Eclesiásticas 1:157-168.
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  25. K. Arlt (1997). bei F. Schleiermacher und H.-G. Gadamer. Synthesis Philosophica 12:135-174.
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  26. Pablo Arnau (1997). Relativismo Cognitivo E Historicidad: (Dilthey, Collingwood, Gadamer). Universitat de València.
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  27. Kristján G. Arngrímsson (2002). Gadamer on Authority. SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):76-82.
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  28. John Arthos Jr (2000). Gadamer at the Cumaean Gates. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 74 (2):223-248.
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  29. John Arthos (2009). The Inner Word in Gadamer's Hermeneutics. University of Notre Dame Press.
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  30. John Arthos (2007). The Hermeneutic Version of the Rhetorical Turn, or Heidegger and Gadamer in the Recuperation of a Humanist Rhetoric. Philosophy Today 51 (Supplement):70-81.
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  31. John Arthos (2006). The Humanity of the Word. International Philosophical Quarterly 46 (4):477-491.
    Gadamer’s hermeneutic project is an effort to rejoin what he called the “unbroken tradition of rhetorical and humanist culture” to its own thought. My focus here is on the distinctive hermeneutic schematism of persons and culture in conjunction with the Renaissance doctrine of prudence. The complex hermeneutic understanding of human community requires a balancing act that privileges the agency of language and culture by denying the dominion of the sovereign self. Further, it employs a reflux or interanimation that refuses to (...)
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  32. Christopher E. Arthur (1976). Gadamer and Hirsch: The Canonical Work and the Interpreter's Intention. Philosophy and Social Criticism 4 (2):183-197.
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  33. Camille E. Atkinson (2009). Is Gadamer's Hermeneutics Inherently Conservative? Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy 14 (2).
    According to two critics, Georgia Warnke and John Caputo, Gadamer's hermeneutics is inherently "conservative" insofar as he appeals to tradition as a constituent in understanding. They insist that he simply preserves the ideals, norms and values of the Western metaphysical tradition without critically examining them. I do not agree and will argue that views like this depend upon several false assumptions -- for example, that Gadamer reifies the text as a "thing-in-itself" and remains trapped in subjectivism. I will begin by (...)
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  34. Gary E. Aylesworth (1991). Dialogue, Text, Narrative: Confronting Gadamer and Ricoeur. In Hans-Georg Gadamer & Hugh J. Silverman (eds.), Gadamer and Hermeneutics. New York ;Routledge. 63--81.
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  35. Alireza Azadi (2008). A Critical View on Pol Vandevelde's "A Critique of Gadamer's Critical Pluralism". Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 21:5-13.
    Gadamer’s hermeneutics has met with criticism in the more than forty years since the original German publication of Wahrheit und Methode in 1960. A figure who has recently criticized Gadamer’s hermeneutics from the perspective of traditional hermeneutics is Pol Vandevelde. He published a book entitled: "The Task of the Interpreter: Text, Meaning, and Negotiation”. The first two chapters of this book, especially the second chapter, with the title “Interpretation as Event: A Critique of Gadamer’s Critical Pluralism,” is devoted to attacking (...)
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  36. T. K. Badrihath (2007). The Implication of Tradition and Understanding in the Hermeneutic Ontology of HG Gadamer. In Manjulika Ghosh & Raghunath Ghosh (eds.), Language and Interpretation: Hermeneutics From East-West Perspective. Northern Book Centre. 11--207.
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  37. Tom Bailey (2007). Filosofia Pratica E Sfera Pubblica: Percorsi a Confronto: Höffe, Geertz, O'Neill, Gadamer, Taylor – Alberto Pirni. Philosophical Quarterly 57 (226):151–153.
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  38. J. M. Baker (2002). Lyric as Paradigm: Hermeneutics and the Speculative Instance of Poetry in Gadamer's Hermeneutic. In Robert J. Dostal (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer. Cambridge University Press.
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  39. Joe Balay (2014). "The Special (Dis)Advantage of the Beautiful" in Gadamer's Plato Reading. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (1):33-48.
    In this paper, I examine two important claims that Hans-Georg Gadamer makes in his Plato interpretations. The first claim is found at the end of Wahrheit und Methode, where Gadamer suggests that “the special advantage of the beautiful” in Platonic philosophy is both a shelter and a reminder of the good, as well as the structure of eidetic appearance that brings together ideality and appearance in the event of new understanding. The second claim considered here is Gadamer’s suggestion that while (...)
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  40. Kimberly Baltzer (2004). The Philosophy of Gadamer. Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 8 (1):141-142.
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  41. Michael W. Barclay (1994). J. Wallulis, The Hermeneutics of Life History: Personal Achievement and History in Gadamer, Habermas, and Erikson. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1990, 158 Pp., $29.95 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 25 (1):131-135.
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  42. Lauren Swayne Barthold (2014). Gadamer and the Question of the Divine. By Walter Lammi. Pp. Ix, 192, London, Continuum, 2008, $107.07. Ricoeur and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion. By Alison Scott‐Baumann. Pp. X, 237, London, Continuum, 2009, $44.95. The Inner Word in Gadamer's Hermeneutics. By John Arthos. Pp. Xx, 460, Notre Dame, IN, University of Notre Dame Press, 2009, $53.99. [REVIEW] Heythrop Journal 55 (1):163-167.
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  43. Lauren Swayne Barthold (2010). Friendship and the Ethics of Understanding. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (2):417-429.
    In the following essay I explore the hermeneutical significance of Gadamer’s writings on the relational, and thus ethical, components of understanding. First, I look at his discussion in Truth and Method of the significance of the “I-Thou” relation for interpretation. I then turn to his 1985 essay on Aristotle’s notion of friendship, “Friendship and Self-Knowledge: Reflections on the Role of Friendship in Greek Ethics.” My interest is to think about the implications of these writings for his theory of hermeneutics in (...)
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  44. Lauren Swayne Barthold (2010). Gadamer's Dialectical Hermeneutics. Lexington Books.
    Gadamer's Dialectical Hermeneutics affirms the continuity between Gadamer's interest in Plato and his hermeneutics by focusing on the role of dialectic for Gadamer's own conception of understanding.
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  45. S. L. Bartky (1979). Ans-Georg Gadamer's "Philosophical Hermeneutics". [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 39 (4):599.
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  46. Kenneth Baynes (2007). ‘Gadamerian Platitudes’ and Rational Interpretations. Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (1):67-82.
    The article considers some of the methodological commitments - specifically, what Brandom calls ‘Gadamerian platitudes’ - defended in Tales of the Mighty Dead . I argue that, given his commitment to Gadamer’s model of dialogue and Vorgriff der Vollkommenheit (‘anticipation of completeness’), Brandom should also accept Habermas’ position on the ineliminability of the second-person or performative perspective concerning our interpretive claims. Key Words: first person • Hans Georg Gadamer • Jürgen Habermas • hermeneutics • inferential semantics • performative • pragmatics (...)
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  47. Francisco García Bazán (1997). Tradición y hermenéutica en el platonismo, el cristianismo naciente y HG Gadamer. Escritos de Filosofía 16 (31):55-74.
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  48. Alain Beaulieu (1997). L'état idéal de finitude chez Gadamer. Horizons Philosophiques 7 (2):75.
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  49. Werner Beierwaltes (1990). Collected Works. Vol. 3. Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger. Vol. Philosophy and History 23 (1):15-16.
  50. Werner Beierwaltes (1988). Hermeneutics I & II. Truth and Method. Philosophy and History 21 (1):6-8.
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