Critical Hermeneutics: A Study in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur and Jürgen Habermas
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (1981)
This is a study in the philosophy of social science. It takes the form of a comparative critique of three contemporary approaches: ordinary language philosophy, hermeneutics and critical theory, represented here respectively by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Paul Ricoeur and Jürgen Habermas. Part I is devoted to an exposition of these authors' views and of the traditions to which they belong. Its unifying thread is their common concern with language, a concern which nonetheless reveals important differences of approach. For whereas ordinary language philosophers tend to treat linguistic activity as the ultimate object of inquiry, both Ricoeur and Habermas regard it as a medium which betrays more fundamental dimensions of human experience and the social world. Part II complements the exposition with a critical analysis of its central themes: the conceptualisation of action, the methodology of interpretation, and the theory of reference and truth. The author defends many aspects of the work of Ricoeur and Habermas, such as the emphasis on power and ideology, the strategy of depth interpretation, and the link between consensus and truth; but he argues that there are serious deficiencies and obscurities in their work. He proposes solutions to these difficulties and concludes with a sketch of a critical and rationally justified theory for the interpretation of action - a critical hermeneutics.
|Keywords||Social sciences Philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$19.88 used (56% off) $4896.01 new Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
John Halliday (1994). Quality in Education: Meaning and Prospects. Educational Philosophy and Theory 26 (2):33–50.
Rene Geanellos (2000). Exploring Ricoeur's Hermeneutic Theory of Interpretation as a Method of Analysing Research Texts. Nursing Inquiry 7 (2):112-119.
Peter Draper (1996). Nursing Research and the Philosophy of Hermeneutics. Nursing Inquiry 3 (1):45-52.
Similar books and articles
Robert Piercey (2004). Ricoeur's Account of Tradition and the Gadamer–Habermas Debate. Human Studies 27 (3):259-280.
Paul Ricœur (1981). Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action, and Interpretation. Editions De La Maison des Sciences De L'Homme.
Paul Ricœur & Richard Kearney (eds.) (1996). Paul Ricoeur: The Hermeneutics of Action. Sage Publications.
I. I. I. Mootz, Gadamer's Rhetorical Conception of Hermeneutics as the Key to Developing a Critical Hermeneutics.
Zeus Leonardo (2003). Interpretation and the Problem of Domination: Paul Ricoeur's Hermeneutics. Studies in Philosophy and Education 22 (5):329-350.
I. I. I. Mootz, The Ontological Basis of Legal Hermeneutics: A Proposed Model of Inquiry Based on the Work of Gadamer, Habermas and Ricoeur.
Kevin J. Vanhoozer (1990). Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur: A Study in Hermeneutics and Theology. Cambridge University Press.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2009-01-28
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?