Reader and Text in the Horizon of Understanding Methodology: Gadamer and Methodological Hermeneutics

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):417 - 436 (2009)
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Judging Gadamer's theoretical stance is a complicated matter, and his ontological hermeneutics is usually regarded as a text-centered theory of understanding. Through an analysis of the phenomenological premises from which his theories take off, however, we can clearly see his reader-centric stance. On the basis of this stance some cease to seek for the original intention of the author or the original meaning of the text, which ineluctably leads to the ignorance of an understanding methodology. As far as people's intentional understanding is concerned, however, the important as well as essential task is still that of striving for a certain kind of understanding that is relatively correct, with universally effective methodology as its necessary prerequisite. What is more, herein lies the significance of the epistemology of hermeneutics. This article aims to re-insert a sense of methodology after hermeneutics went through a period of ontological reflection, and hence clarify that it is of necessity that hermeneutics resumes its text-centric methodological stance. /// 判定加达默尔的理论立场是一个复杂的问题。他的本体论诠释学一般被视为 一种文本中心论的理解理论,然而通过对他所从出发的现象学前提之分析,可以清 楚地看出他的读者中心论的立场.正是基于这一立场,放弃了对作者原意或文本原 义之诉求,必然导致对理解方法论的漠视。但是,就人们有意识的理解活动而言, 首要的以及根本的任务仍然是努力获得某种相对正确的理解,而普遍有效的方法论 就是其必要的前提,诠释学的认识论意义便在于此.在诠释学经历了本体论的反思 后,应重新注入一种方法论的意识,回到以文本为中心的方法论立场.
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