Hermeneutics

Edited by Theodore George (Texas A&M University)
Assistant editor: David Liakos (University of New Mexico)
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Summary

Hermeneutics concerns the study of understanding and interpretation. While this study includes consideration of the art, techniques, methods, and foundations of interpretative research in the humanities and related disciplines, philosophical inquiry into hermeneutics characteristically focuses on questions raised by the phenomena of understanding and interpretation in epistemology, the theory of meaning, the ontology of human beings, and the philosophy of language and history. Philosophical interest in hermeneutics may be traced back to ancient Greek and Judeo-Christian sources but the philosophical tradition of modern hermeneutics originates in the early nineteenth century. The principal figures associated with this modern tradition of hermeneutics are Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Dilthey, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Paul Ricoeur. Notable developments in the post-war ear include debate that arose between hermeneutics, on the one hand, and deconstruction and critical theory on the other. More recently, hermeneutics has come to be associated with figures in the continental tradition such as Gianni Vattimo, John Caputo, and Gunter Figal, and figures in the anglophone context such as Richard Rorty, and John McDowell. The philosophical study of hermeneutics both draws from and is of consequence for several related areas of research, perhaps especially biblical hermeneutics, legal hermeneutics, the philosophy of medicine and nursing, and the philosophy of education.

Key works

Although philosophical study of hermeneutics has a history that reaches back to ancient Greek and Judeo-Christian sources, the major figures and works associated with modern hermeneutics date from the turn of the nineteenth century. Of nineteenth century sources, an introduction to the contributions of Friedrich Schleiermacher, often characterized as the principal proponent of Romantic hermeneutics, may be found in Hermeneutics and Criticism.  Main lines of Wilhelm Dilthey’s thought may be discerned from his first important theoretical work, Introduction to the Human Sciences. Heidegger’s radicalization of hermeneutics in the first part of the century is developed in an important 1923 lecture course, published as Ontology—the Hermeneutics of Facticity as well as in his masterwork Being and Time. The major work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, the name perhaps most associated with hermeneutics in our time, is Truth and Method. Indications of the some of the most important developments in Gadamer’s later thought may be found in The Gadamer Reader: A Bouquet of The Later Writings. Many of the main lines of Paul Ricoeur’s contributions to hermeneutics may be found in The Conflict of Interpretations: Essays in Hermeneutics. For a broader overview of figures and works associated with modern hermeneutics, see, for example, Kurt Mueller-Vollmer, ed., The Hermeneutics Reader: Texts from the German Tradition from the Enlightenment to the Present and Gayle L. Ormiston and Alan Schrift, eds., The Hermeneutic Tradition from Ast to Ricoeur. Jean Grondin's notable Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics includes an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources in ancient and modern hermeneutics. Two important companions to the philosophical study of hermeneutics are Niall Keane and Chris Lawn, eds.,The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics and Jeff Malpas and Hans-Helmut Gander, eds., The Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics.

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

Bruns, Gerald, Hermeneutics Ancient and Modern

Grondin, Jean, Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics

Keane, Niall and Lawn, Chris, eds. [#KEATBC:The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics]

Maplas, Jeff and Gander, Hans-Helmut, eds., The Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics

Ramberg, Bjorn and Gjesdal, Kristin, “Hermeneutics”.  

Palmer, Richard, Hermeneutics: Interpretive Theory in Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger, and Gadamer

Schmidt, Lawrence, Understanding Hermeneutics.

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Subcategories:See also:History/traditions: Hermeneutics

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  1. Nelson Saldanha, Ordem E Hermenêutica. Sobre as Relções Entre as Formas de Organi-Zação E o Pensamento Interpretativo, Principalmente No Direito. [REVIEW]Xavier Daverat - 1993 - Archives de Philosophie du Droit 38:378-379.
  2. The Community of Interpreters: On the Hermeneutics of Nature and the Bible in the American Philosophical Tradition.Robert S. Corrington - 1989 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 25 (1):57-61.
  3. The Garments of Torah Essays in Biblical Hermeneutics.Michael A. Fishbane - 1989
  4. Hermeneutics, Semiotics and Anthropology.Tomas J. Lopez - 2011 - Semiotics:63-71.
  5. Philosophical Hermeneutics Reinterpreted: Dialogues with Existentialism, Pragmatism, Critical Theory and Postmodernism. By Paul Fairfield. Pp. 263, London, Continuum 2011, $120.00. [REVIEW]Troy Polidori - 2014 - Heythrop Journal 55 (4):745-746.
  6. Primary Teaching How It Is: A Narrative Account. London: David Foulton.M. Cortazzi - 1991 - Critical Inquiry 17:336-57.
  7. Hermenéutica analógica e interculturalidad.Mauricio Beuchot Puente - 2011 - Revista de Filosofía (México) 43 (131):85-97.
  8. Hermenéutica analógica y nueva ontología.Mauricio Beuchot Puente - 2005 - Estudios Filosóficos 54 (156):229-238.
  9. Leibniz and China: Religion, Hermeneutics, and Enlightenment.Eric S. Nelson - 2009 - Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (RAE) 1: 277-300.
  10. Horizonal Hermeneutics and the Actual Infinite.Robert S. Corrington - 1982 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 8 (1/2):36-97.
Hans-Georg Gadamer
  1. Encountering Finitude: On the Hermeneutic Radicalization of Experience.Jussi M. Backman - 2018 - In Antonio Cimino & Cees Leijenhorst (eds.), Phenomenology and Experience: New Perspectives. Leiden: Brill. pp. 46-62.
    The chapter approaches the hermeneutic concept of experience introduced by Hans-Georg Gadamer in Truth and Method (1960) from the perspective of the conceptual history of experience in the Western philosophical tradition. Through an overview of the concept and the epistemological function of experience (empeiria, experientia, Erfahrung) in Aristotle, Francis Bacon, and Hegel, it is shown that the tradition has considered experience first and foremost in methodological terms, that is, as a pathway towards a form of scientific knowledge that is itself (...)
  2. On Poietic Remembering and Forgetting: Hermeneutic Recollection and Diotima’s Historico-Hermeneutic Leanings.Cynthia R. Nielsen - 2018 - Symposium 22 (2):107-134.
    Like human existence itself, our enduring legacies—whether poetic, ethical, political, or philosophical—continually unfold and require recurrent communal engagement and (re)enactment. In other words, an ongoing performance of significant works must occur, and this task requires the collective human activity of re-membering or gathering-together-again. In the Symposium, Diotima provides an account of human pursuits of immortality through the creation of artifacts, including laws, poems, and philosophical discourses that resonates with Gadamer’s account of our engagement with artworks and texts. This essay explores (...)
  3. Äärellisyyden kohtaaminen: kokemuksen filosofista käsitehistoriaa.Jussi M. Backman - 2018 - In Jarkko Toikkanen & Ira Virtanen (eds.), Kokemuksen tutkimus VI: Kokemuksen käsite ja käyttö. Rovaniemi: Lapland University Press. pp. 25-40.
    Väitetään, että nykypäivän populismi vetoaa tosiasioiden sijasta ”kokemukseen”. Mutta mitä on kokemus? Se ei ole vain ennakkoluuloihin nojautuvaa mutua eikä myöskään pelkkää empiirisen datan rekisteröintiä mutta liittyy molempiin. Artikkelin luoma tiivis katsaus kokemuksen käsitehistorian pääpiirteisiin osoittaa, että länsimaisen filosofian perinteessä kokemus on ymmärretty ohittamattomana vaiheena tiedon hankkimisessa ja koettelemisessa. Toisaalta kokemukseen on liitetty tiettyjä tiedollisia heikkouksia – kontingenssi, tilannesidonnaisuus ja ennakoimattomuus – jotka tieteellinen metodi on eri tavoin pyrkinyt voittamaan. Artikkeli esittää, että 1900-luvun filosofinen hermeneutiikka irrottautuu tästä perinteisestä kokemuksen välineellistämisestä (...)
  4. Dialogue and Deconstruction: The Gadamer-Derrida Encounter.Diane P. Michelfelder & Richard E. Palmer - 1989 - State University of New York Press.
    Text of and reflection on the 1981 encounter between Hans-Georg Gadamer and Jacques Derrida, which featured a dialogue between hermeneutics in Germany and post-structuralism in France. <br.
  5. The Promise of World Literature.Theodore George - 2014 - Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik 13 (1):128-143.
    In this essay, the author argues that Gadamer's approach to world literature contributes to the call for us mutually to discover our solidarities with those from different traditions, and, thus also, different linguistic traditions. He holds that the discovery of global solidarities is urgent because current prospects to address the world's political, social and economic challenges have been put in jeopardy by the increasingly ubiquitous use of calculative rationality to manage human relations. Gadamer's concern for us to discover solidarities, however, (...)
  6. The Responsibility to Understand.Theodore George - 2014 - In Gert-Jan van der Heiden (ed.), Phenomenological Perspectives on Plurality. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 103-120.
    The concern of the present inquiry is whether, and, if so, how, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s conception of hermeneutical understanding can help us grasp the character of our ethical responsibility, and, indeed, a sense of responsibility that remains answerable to the plurality of our always singular and contingent ethical experiences. The focus of this essay, however, is to shed novel light on the responsibility at stake in understanding—or, as this may be referred to more simply, the responsibility to understand—on the motif of (...)
  7. Hermeneutics and German Idealism.Theodore George - 2016 - In Niall Keane & Chris Lawn (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics. Malden, MA, USA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 54-62.
    This chapter focuses on Gadamer's debts to figures and themes in German idealism, focusing in particular on Kant and Hegel.
  8. Art as Testimony of Tradition and as Testimony of Order.Theodore George - 2017 - Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik 16 (1):107-120.
    Some critics charge that Gadamer’s approach to our experience of art remains mired in conservatism because he believes our experience of artworks depends on tradition. In this essay, I argue that this charge fails to address the full scope of Gadamer’s considerations of our experience of art. This becomes clear with an emendation that Gadamer appears to make to his Truth and Method account of artistic imitation, or, mimesis, in his later essay “Art and Imitation.” Whereas Gadamer’s approach to mimesis (...)
  9. La poesía como diálogo: consideraciones en torno a Plato und die Dichter de Hans-Georg Gadamer.Facundo Bey - 2017 - Boletín de Estética 38:7-43.
    El presente artículo se centra en el análisis de la lectura de la filosofía política platónica que Hans-Georg Gadamer realiza en su conferencia Plato und die Dichter (1934). Se planteará como hipótesis propia que, en los diálogos platónicos, tanto el filosofar como el poetizar habilitan el acceso a la comprensión del carácter sagrado de la justicia, la dimensión política de la legalidad de la musa poética y la percepción de lo sagrado como necesidad humana que permanece encubierta al modo de (...)
  10. A Comparison Between Husserl, Heidegger and Gadamer With the Criterion of Methodology.Mahin Chenāri - 2007 - Journal of Philosophical Theological Research 9 (34):113-138.
    Today, phenomenology, hermeneutical phenomenology, and philosophical hermeneutics are increasingly considered as methodologies of research. However, there are some obscurities ambiguities in certain aspects of these methodologies. Examining the philosophical foundations of the above-mentioned methodologies, the present paper deals with the main similarities and differences of them; and finally, it highlights the differences of these approaches from a methodological viewpoint.
  11. Gadamer, Dewey, and the Importance of Play in Philosophical Inquiry.Christopher Kirby - 2016 - Reason Papers 38 (1).
  12. Hearing the Other's Voice: How Gadamer's Fusion of Horizons and Open-Ended Understanding Respects the Other and Puts Oneself in Question.Cynthia R. Nielsen - 2013 - Otherness Essays and Studies 4 (1).
    Although Gadamer has been criticized, on the one hand, for being a “traditionalist” and on the other, for embracing relativism, I argue that his approach to knowing, being, and being-in-the world offers contemporary theorists a third way, which is both historically attuned and able to address significant social and ethical questions.
  13. Harsh Poetry and Art's Address: Romare Bearden and Hans-Georg Gadamer in Conversation.Cynthia R. Nielsen - 2016 - Polish Journal of Aesthetics 43:103–123.
    In this essay, I analyze Romare Bearden’s art, methodology, and thinking about art, as well as his attempt to harmonize his personal aesthetic goals with his sociopolitical concerns. I then turn to Hans-Georg Gadamer’s reflections on art and our experience (Erfahrung) of art. I show how Bearden’s approach to art and the artworks themselves resonate with Gadamer’s critique of aesthetic consciousness and his contention that artworks address us, make claims upon us, and even reveal truth. Lastly, I discuss Gadamer’s emphasis (...)
  14. Paul Ricœur : Problématique de la méthode et herméneutique du dialogue.Housamedden Darwish - 2017 - Dissertation, University of Bordeaux
    Cette recherche se concentre sur la problématique de la méthode dans l’herméneutique ricœurienne et sa relation étroite avec les sciences humaines et sociales. Cette problématique concerne aussi bien l’herméneutique ricœurienne des symboles et des signes, que les théories du texte, de l’action et de l’histoire. Notre recherche vise premièrement à analyser la dialectique que Ricœur s’efforce d’établir, aussi bien dans l’herméneutique que dans les sciences humaines et sociales, entre des approches explicatives et des approches compréhensives, entre l’herméneutique du soupçon et (...)
  15. إشكالية المنهج في هيرمينوطيقا بول ريكور وعلاقتها بالعلوم الإنسانية والاجتماعية: نحو تأسيس هيرمينوطيقا للحوار.Housamedden Darwish - 2016 - Doha الدوحة: The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات.
    يُقسم هذا الكتاب إلى ثلاثة أقسام. يضم الأول، وعنوانه إشكالية المنهج في هيرمينوطيقا الرموز والعلامات عند ريكور، ويتكون من ثلاثة فصول. -/- يوضح الفصل الأول إشكالية المنهج وتأسيس الفينومينولوجيا الهيرمينوطيقة: المنهج الريكوري الخاص مقاربة الهيرمينوطيقا الريكورية للرموز، عارضًا تمفصل الأبعاد التفكُّرية والفينومينولوجية والهيرمينوطيقية في فلسفة ريكور، وأسباب الانتقال من الفينومينولوجيا الماهوية إلى الفينومينولوجيا الهيرمينوطيقية، والمستويات الثلاثة لظهور الرموز وتحليلها القصدي، وأسباب الانتقال وكيفيته من رمزية الشر إلى الهيرمينوطيقا الفلسفية التفكُّرية للرموز، من منطلق الفهم التأويلي للرمز، ليبين أخيرًا صراع التأويلات والمراحل (...)
  16. Niebo gwiaździste nad Królewcem a prawo moralne. Dyskusja Gadamera z estetyką Kanta wokół kwestii doświadczenia piękna i jego odniesienia do etyki.Paweł Dybel - 2018 - Diametros 55:112-131.
    In the article, I engage with H.G.Gadamer’s reading of Kant’s aesthetic theory. Gadamer accused Kant of subjectivizing the aesthetic experience so that it would be reduced to the free play of the cognitive faculties of the subject. Consequently, the ethical dimension of aesthetic experience that played such an important role in the preceding tradition of European humanism has been lost. Yet, this charge of Gadamer is not quite right. The connection between the experience of beauty and ethics has been maintained (...)
  17. Gadamer. Gli esseri umani si rapportano con il mondo per mezzo del linguaggio.María G. Navarro - 2017 - Milano: RBA. «Imparare a Pensare».
  18. Hans-Georg Gadamer. Los seres humanos se relacionan con el mundo a través del lenguaje.María G. Navarro - 2017 - Barcelona: RBA Editores. Colección «Aprender a pensar».
  19. Meaning for Radical Contextualists: Travis and Gadamer on Why Words Matter.Greg Lynch - 2018 - Philosophical Investigations 41 (1):22-41.
    Charles Travis and Hans-Georg Gadamer both affirm radical contextualism, the view that natural language is ineliminably context-sensitive. However, they offer different accounts of the role linguistic meaning plays in determining the contents of utterances. I discuss the differences between Travis's and Gadamer's views of meaning and offer an argument in favour of the latter. I argue that Travis's view assumes a principled distinction between literal and figurative speech that is at odds with his wider contextualist commitments. By contrast, Gadamer's view, (...)
  20. Gadamer’s Critical Views of Husserl. Alireza - 2015 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations at University of Tabriz 9 (16):23-42.
    usserl, besides Dilthey and Heidegger, is one of the most important philosophers who had big influence on Gadamer and is the philosopher who is frequently referred to in his works. Gadamer’s encounter with Husserl, in spite of his greatness in the eyes of Gadamer, was always a hermeneutical one. Considering and criticizing Husselr’s phenomenology, Gadamer tries to discover his unspoken thoughts. Few scholars have even considered Gadamer and Husserl’s relationships, which among them much more are people who tried to trace (...)
  21. Are We a Conversation? Hermeneutics, Exteriority, and Transmittability.Theodore George - 2017 - Research in Phenomenology 47 (3):331-350.
    Hermeneutics is widely celebrated as a call for “conversation”—that is, a manner of inquiry characterized by humility and openness to the other that eschews the pretenses of calculative rationality and resists all finality of conclusions. In this, conversation takes shape in efforts to understand and interpret that always unfold in the transmission of meaning historically in language. Yet, the celebration of hermeneutics for humility and openness appears, at least, to risk embarrassment in light of claims found in Heidegger and Gadamer (...)
  22. A ética como fundamento ontológico da compreensão em Gadamer.Natalie Oliveira da Cruz - 2016 - Dissertation, Universidade de Caxias Do Sul. Brazil
  23. La respuesta de Gadamer al humanismo antimetafísico heideggeriano.Andrés-Francisco Contreras (ed.) - 2017 - Bogotá: Editorial Bonaventuriana.
  24. Civil Disobedience in a Distorted Public Sphere.Martin Blaakman - 2012 - Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy (3):27-36.
    Rawls’s notion of civil disobedience, which still dominates the literature on this subject, comprises at least these three characteristics: it involves breaking the law, is non-violent and public. But implicit in this notion is a certain tension: it shows pessisimism about the proper functioning of the public sphere as earlier normal appeals have failed, but it also displays a certain optimism about its proper functioning as it assumes that civil disobedience may be effective. In my paper I argue that Rawls (...)
  25. ¿Instiga la hermenéutica de Gadamer el autoritarismo o más bien nos dota de acicates antiautoritarios?Miguel Angel Quintana Paz - 2003 - In Juan José Acero, Juan Antonio Nicolás, José Antonio Pérez Tapias, Luis Sáez & José Francisco Zúñiga (eds.), Materiales del Congreso Internacional sobre Hermenéutica Filosófica "El legado de Gadamer". Granada: Departamento de Filosofía de la Universidad de Granada. pp. 237-245.
  26. "I Watched Jane Die:" Theorizing Breaking Bad's Aesthetic of Brutality.Ian K. Jensen - 2016 - In Breaking Down "Breaking Bad:" Critical Perspectives. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. pp. 111-138.
  27. Gadamer and the Lessons of Arithmetic in Plato’s 'Hippias Major'.John Garner - 2017 - Meta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, and Practical Philosophy 9 (1).
    In the 'Hippias Major' Socrates uses a counter-example to oppose Hippias‘s view that parts and wholes always have a "continuous" nature. Socrates argues, for example, that even-numbered groups might be made of parts with the opposite character, i.e. odd. As Gadamer has shown, Socrates often uses such examples as a model for understanding language and definitions: numbers and definitions both draw disparate elements into a sum-whole differing from the parts. In this paper I follow Gadamer‘s suggestion that we should focus (...)
  28. Heidegger Philosophy & Politics: On the Heidelberg Conference (Gadamer, Heidegger, Derrida and Lacoue- Labarthe).Raymond Aaron Younis - 2017 - Phenomenological Reviews (November).
    Critical evaluation of Heidegger on philosophy & politics (with particular emphasis on the Heidelberg Conference featuring Gadamer, Derrida and Lacoue- Labarthe).
  29. Gadamer and Scholz on Solidarity: Disclosing, Avowing, and Performing Solidaristic Ties with Human and Natural Others.Cynthia R. Nielsen - 2017 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 48 (3):240-256.
    This essay is concerned with Gadamer’s reflections on solidarity and practice as found in several of his later writings. While Gadamer offers a robust explanation of practice, practical reason, and how both are operative in solidarities, his investigations of solidarity are in no way systematic. He does, however, distinguish two aspects of solidarity, viz. what one might call “natural solidarity” and “avowed solidarity”. In contrast to natural solidarities, avowed solidarities require an intentional decision and commitment to act with others for (...)
  30. Three Problematics of Linguistic Vulnerability: Gadamer, Benhabib, and Butler".Steele Meili - 2003 - In Lorraine Code (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of Hans-Georg Gadamer. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. pp. 335-366.
  31. Gadamer. Les êtres humains interagissent avec le monde au travers du langage.María G. Navarro - 2017 - Paris: Collection « Apprendre à philosopher ». RBA France.
  32. Unfinished Worlds: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics and Gadamer. [REVIEW]Cynthia Nielsen - 2016 - British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (4):421-424.
    Unfinished Worlds: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics and GadamerDaveyNicholasedinburgh university press. 2013. pp. viii + 190. £70.00.
  33. An Exchange Between Gadamer and Glenn Gould on Hermeneutics and Music.Cynthia Lins Hamlin - 2016 - Theory, Culture and Society 33 (3):103-122.
  34. O conceito de direito na filosofia moral gadameriana.Saulo Monteiro de Matos - 2012 - Revista de Estudos Constitucionais, Hermenêutica E Teoria Do Direito 4 (1):90-101.
    Hans-Georg Gadamer é reconhecido como um dos mais importantes filósofos do famoso linguistic turn. Malgrado a aparente recepção de seus debates filosóficos no campo da hermenêutica jurídica e, mais recentemente, da ética do direito, o seu conceito de direito ou, mais precisamente, os fundamentos de uma possível filosofia do direito gadameriana nunca foram submetidos a uma investigação jusfilosófica mais detalhada. Em parte porque a maioria dos comentadores da obra de Gadamer continua a ler seus escritos com uma forte referência às (...)
  35. O Holismo Linguístico na Hermenêutica Filosófica de Hans-Georg Gadamer: uma análise a partir do conceito de imagem (Bild).Saulo Monteiro Martinho de Matos - 2016 - Peri 8 (1):279-297.
    This study sheds light on Gadamer’s hermeneutical thought by means of an analysis of the fundamental concept “image” (Bild). The central hypothesis of this study consists in regarding Gadamer’s philosophy as a defense of an holistic model for human sciences, which can be regarded in opposition to an atomistic model. Whereas atomism states that social phenomena should be reduced to singular actions, holism claims that there are substantial or ontological differences between individual and social phenomena or facts. Thus, the concept (...)
  36. Ruptura de relaciones y exceso de demandas: La polémica Gadamer - Habermas.Angeles J. Perona - 2000 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 33:253-276.
  37. A Fusion of Horizons: Gadamer and Schleiermacher.Ron Bontekoe - 1987 - International Philosophical Quarterly 27 (1):3-16.
  38. Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur Correspondance / Briefwechsel 1964–2000.Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur & Jean Grondin - 2013 - Studia Phaenomenologica 13:51-93.
    We publish here the letters between Gadamer and Ricoeur, as they are found in the Archives of the two philosophers. Starting from February 1964 and ending on October 2000, the thirty-five letters reproduced here cannot give a complete picture of their much richer correspondence and relations, because it seems that neither Ricoeur, nor Gadamer kept all the letters they received from one another. But altogether, they document their common concerns, their mutual respect, even their intellectual solidarity and finally the particular (...)
  39. Habituation and Hermeneutics: Toward a Thomistic Account of Pre‐Understanding.Jeffrey Walkey - 2017 - New Blackfriars 98 (1077):510-520.
    Human existence entails that our encounter with the world is mediated by the context, historicity, and concrete particularities of that existence. Consequently, this situatedness, which contributes to our pre-understanding, makes us more or less capable of “seeing” the truth of the world we encounter. The hermeneutical principle of pre-understanding is sometimes presupposed to be ambivalent toward, if not in opposition to, traditional metaphysics. The present essay shows how traditional metaphysics, specifically of a Thomistic sort, need not be pitted against hermeneutics, (...)
  40. Rethinking Boudon’s Cognitive Rationality in the Light of Mises’ Apriorism and Gadamer’s Hermeneutics.Enzo Di Nuoscio & Francesco Di Iorio - 2014 - Journal de Economistes Et des Etudes Humaines 20 (2):129-142.
    The purpose of this article is to show that Boudon’s explanation of action in terms of “good reasons” can be philosophically enriched by merging his methodological perspective with Mises’ praxeology and Gadamer’s hermeneutics. In order to develop our goal of merging Boudon’s approach with Mises’ and Gadamer’s, we will focus on two points. The first is the identification of the invariable structure of human action. Unlike Boudon, we suggest that the best way to establish this invariable structure, which makes the (...)
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