Life as understanding

Research in Phenomenology 34 (1):20-30 (2004)
In this paper I take up the "claim to universality" of hermeneutics, as put forth by Hans-Georg Gadamer; the aim is to grasp the "life that can understand," to grasp it in its essence and in terms of understanding. In this way I deal critically with Gadamer's idea that all understanding is "self-understanding" and work out the dependence of understanding on the other, on the "hermeneutic object" of understanding. But a "hermeneutic object" is not a "mere object" . On the basis of this distinction, I develop, in conclusion, a critical reflection on the selfobjectification of the human in those interpretations of human life that are oriented solely to natural science. Self-objectfication is a wrongly directed understanding and can therefore be corrected on the basis of a developed concept of life as understanding
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DOI 10.1163/1569164042404491
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