Reader and text in the horizon of understanding methodology: Gadamer and methodological hermeneutics [Book Review]

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):417-436 (2009)
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.
Keywords Gadamer  Methodology Hermeneutics  understanding  text  加达默尔  方法论诠释学  理解  文本
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-009-0027-0
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