The Dao and the Form: Innate Divisions and the Natural Hermeneutics of Plato and Zhuangzi

Philosophy East and West 68 (4):1219-1238 (2019)

M. T. Lu
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Hans-Georg Gadamer defines hermeneutics as both a practical art "involved in such things as preaching, interpreting other languages, explaining and explicating texts" and an art of understanding "particularly required any time the meaning of something is not clear and unambiguous."1 For Gadamer, Western hermeneutics has undergone a paradigmatic shift "from epistemology to ontology" with Martin Heidegger's "hermeneutics of facticity," a thesis that replaces the Cartesian "epistemic cogito" with Dasein—"the contingent and underivable 'facticity' of existence"—as "the ontological yardstick of phenomenological questioning."2 But the problem with Gadamer's theory is that what if this "facticity"-based hermeneutics did...
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