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    Gadamer and the Fusion of Horizons.David Vessey - 2009 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (4):531-542.
    Hans-Georg Gadamer is often criticized for his account of the fusions of horizons as the ideal resolution of dialogue. I argue that in fact it is an excellent account of the successful resolution of dialogue, but only in light of a proper understanding of what Gadamer means by 'horizon' and how then horizons are fused. I do this by showing how Gadamer is drawing on the technical sense of 'horizon' found in Edmund Husserl's and Martin Heidegger's phenomenologies. In the process (...)
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    Language as Encoding Thought Vs. Language as Medium of Thought: On the Question of J. G. Fichte’s Influence on Wilhelm von Humboldt.David Vessey - 2006 - Idealistic Studies 36 (3):219-234.
    In this paper I take up the question of the possible influence of J. G. Fichte on Wilhelm von Humboldt’s theory of language. I first argue that the historical record is unclear, but show that there is a deep philosophical difference between the two views and, as a result of this difference, we should conclude that the influence was small. Drawing on a distinction made by Michael Dummett, I show that Fichte understands language as encoding thought while Humboldt understands language (...)
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    The Role of Language in Object Transcendence: A Gadamerian Response to Dreyfus and McDowell.David Vessey - 2007 - Philosophy Today 51 (Supplement):60-69.
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    Who Was Gadamer’s Husserl?David Vessey - 2007 - New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 7:1-23.
  5. John Dewey and Continental Philosophy.Paul Fairfield, James Scott Johnston, Tom Rockmore, James A. Good, Jim Garrison, Barry Allen, Joseph Margolis, Sandra B. Rosenthal, Richard J. Bernstein, David Vessey, C. G. Prado, Colin Koopman, Antonio Calcagno & Inna Semetsky (eds.) - 2010 - Southern Illinois University Press.
    _John Dewey and Continental Philosophy_ provides a rich sampling of exchanges that could have taken place long ago between the traditions of American pragmatism and continental philosophy had the lines of communication been more open between Dewey and his European contemporaries. Since they were not, Paul Fairfield and thirteen of his colleagues seek to remedy the situation by bringing the philosophy of Dewey into conversation with several currents in continental philosophical thought, from post-Kantian idealism and the work of Friedrich Nietzsche (...)
     
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    Relating Levinas and Gadamer Through Heidegger.David Vessey - 2009 - Levinas Studies 4:69-90.
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    Hans-Georg Gadamer “the Incapacity for Conversation” (1972).David Vessey & Chris Blauwkamp - 2006 - Continental Philosophy Review 39 (4):351-359.
    In his 1972 essay “The Incapacity for Conversation” (“Die Unfähigkeit zum Gespräch”) Gadamer takes up the question of whether changes in society have made it such that we are losing our ability to participate in dialogue. By the end of the essay he argues that this is not the case and that the claim that someone is incapable of dialogue is merely an excuse for not listening to the other person. Over the course of the essay Gadamer provides a clarification (...)
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    Gadamer’s Hermeneutic Contribution to a Theory of Time-Consciousness.David Vessey - 2007 - Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 7 (2):1-7.
    The nature of time-consciousness is one of the central themes of phenomenology, and one that all major phenomenologists have addressed at length, except Hans-Georg Gadamer. This paper attempts to develop Gadamer’s account of time-consciousness by looking, firstly, at two essays related to the topic, and then turning to his discussion of experience in Truth and Method (1960/1991) before, finally, considering his discussion of the unique temporality of the festival in the essay “The Relevance of the Beautiful” (1977/1986). What we find (...)
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    Reducing Religion to Theology: On Gracia on the Interpretation of Revealed Texts.David Vessey - 2004 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (3):482-485.
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    The Role of the Concept “Person” in Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics.David Vessey - 2014 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88 (1):117-137.
    Hans-Georg Gadamer joins Martin Heidegger in thinking we need to jettison “subject” and related terms from our philosophical vocabulary. Gadamer thinks the term is problematic for different reasons than Heidegger, though, and thus has a different solution than Heidegger: a recovery of the term “Person.” Here I look at Gadamer’s reasons for rejecting the term “subject,” how Gadamer understands the historical development of the term “person” from the Ancient Greek prosopon through Pope Benedict XVI’s understanding of the Third Person of (...)
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    Hans-Georg Gadamer and the Philosophy of Religion.David Vessey - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (8):645-655.
    Gadamer sought to distinguish his philosophical hermeneutics from theologically driven hermeneutics. Perhaps because of that, even though he has influenced contemporary theological hermeneutics, he has very little to say about theology or religion. What he does say about religion is drawn from a reductive interpretation of religion as myths meant that posit something transcendent to help us cope with our awareness of our death. Here I explain why he thought Christianity was such a paradoxical religion, how his views might be (...)
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    Gadamer and Davidson on Language and Thought.David Vessey - 2012 - Philosophy Compass 7 (1):33-42.
    Recently philosophers interested in bridging the gap between continental and analytic philosophy have looked to connecting Hans‐Georg Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics with Donald Davidson’s philosophy of language. Both seem to share a number of positions, and each was familiar with the other’s writings. In this essay, I look at Davidson’s criticisms of Gadamer’s hermeneutics—in particular Gadamer’s view that dialogue always depends on a shared language and, when successful, produces a new common language to understand a topic. I argue that Davidson’s objections (...)
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    William of Tyre and the Art of Historiography.David Wtc Vessey - 1973 - Mediaeval Studies 35 (1):433-455.
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    Language as Encoding Thought Vs. Language as Medium of Thought.David Vessey - 2006 - Idealistic Studies 36 (3):219-234.
    In this paper I take up the question of the possible influence of J. G. Fichte on Wilhelm von Humboldt’s theory of language. I first argue that the historical record is unclear, but show that there is a deep philosophical difference between the two views and, as a result of this difference, we should conclude that the influence was small. Drawing on a distinction made by Michael Dummett, I show that Fichte understands language as encoding thought while Humboldt understands language (...)
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    Gadamer's Theory of Time Consciousness.David Vessey - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12:85-89.
    Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics belongs to the phenomenological tradition. What is striking then is that one of the central themes in phenomenology, the nature of time consciousness, receives no sustained treatment in Gadamer's writings. It's fair to say that Gadamer is the only major figure in phenomenology not to address the issue of time at length. In this paper I argue that Gadamer does have an account of time consciousness and it can be found most fully articulated in his account of (...)
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    Gadamer, Augustine, Aquinas, and Hermeneutic Universality.David Vessey - 2011 - Philosophy Today 55 (2):158-165.
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    Gadamer's Account of Friendship as an Alternative to Intersubjectivity.David Vessey - 2005 - Philosophy Today 49 (Supplement):61-67.
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    Heidegger: On Being Uncanny by Katherine Withy. [REVIEW]David Vessey - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):347-348.
    In her book Heidegger: On Being Uncanny, Katherine Withy sets up three seemingly straightforward projects—explaining what Heidegger means by Unheimlichkeit, translated as ‘uncanniness’; explaining its underappreciated central role in his conception of Dasein; and using these to “illuminate something about what it is to be human”. Yet, the projects are not as straightforward as they might seem. ‘Unheimlichkeit’ is a technical term in Heidegger’s philosophy, so appeals to common experiences of uncanniness are of limited help. The interpretive focus must be (...)
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    Introduction to Hans-Georg Gadamer’s “Die Unfähigkeit Zum Gespräch”.David Vessey - 2006 - Continental Philosophy Review 39 (4):347-350.
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  20. Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Beginning of Knowledge Reviewed By. [REVIEW]David Vessey - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (4):254-256.
     
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    Le Métaphysique de Royce.David Vessey - 2006 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 34 (105):50-52.
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  22. The Method of Question and Answer as a Principle of Charity in Gadamer's Hermeneutics.David Vessey - 2008 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations at University of Tabriz 2 (203):1-14.
    Principles of Charity have become central features of any plausible theory of interpretation. The trick has been to explain how the truth of the text to appear without abandoning one’s critical resources in the process. I argue that Gadamer’s discussion of “the logic of question and answer,” when applied to textual interpretation, functions as a principle of charity provides the right balance between being too liberal and being too critical.
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    Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Liber Naturae.David Vessey - 2014 - Philosophy Today 58 (1):85-95.
    The history of philosophical hermeneutics is one of expanding scope—moving from the interpretation of religious texts, to all texts, to understanding in the human sciences, to all understanding. As its scope expands it intersects with a wider range of philosophical traditions; only by making these intersections explicit can the key themes of philosophical hermeneutics come forward. I consider two central hermeneutic claims—that nature can be thought of as a text and that insights drawn from understanding texts illuminate all understanding. These (...)
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    Gadamer and the Body Across Dialogical Contexts.David Vessey - 2000 - Philosophy Today 44 (9999):70-76.
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    Relating Levinas and Gadamer Through Heidegger.David Vessey - 2009 - Levinas Studies 4:69-90.
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    Gadamer and the Body Across Dialogical Contexts.David Vessey - 2000 - Philosophy Today 44 (Supplement):70-76.
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    Gadamer’s Logic of Question and Answer and the Difference Between the History of Philosophy and the History of Ideas.David Vessey - 2014 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 8 (3):360-379.
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    The Cosmopolitan Self: George Herbert Mead and Continental Philosophy (Review). [REVIEW]David T. Vessey - 2002 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16 (4):303-305.
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    Aspects of Statius' Epithalamion.David Vessey - 1972 - Mnemosyne 25 (2):172-187.
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    Gadamer's Theory of Time Consciousness.David Vessey - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12:85-89.
    Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics belongs to the phenomenological tradition. What is striking then is that one of the central themes in phenomenology, the nature of time consciousness, receives no sustained treatment in Gadamer's writings. It's fair to say that Gadamer is the only major figure in phenomenology not to address the issue of time at length. In this paper I argue that Gadamer does have an account of time consciousness and it can be found most fully articulated in his account of (...)
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    Elucidating Philosophical Hermeneutics.David Vessey - 2008 - Research in Phenomenology 38 (2):293-302.
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    Paul Fairfield. Theorizing Praxis: Studies in Hermeneutical Pragmatism. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. Pp. 184. Cloth ISBN 0-8204-4997-0. [REVIEW]David Vessey - 2006 - Contemporary Pragmatism 3 (2):171-175.
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    Review of John Arthos, The Inner Word in Gadamer's Hermeneutics[REVIEW]David Vessey - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (11).
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  34. Friendship and Solidarity.David Vessey - 2009 - Research in Phenomenology 39 (1):3-12.
    With reference to Plato and Aristotle, Gadamer discusses the question of what is left of friendship and solidarity in an age of 'anonymous responsibility.'.
     
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  35. Gadamer's Account of Friendship as an Alternative to an Account of Intersubjectivity.David Vessey - 2005 - Philosophy Today 49 (5):61-67.
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  36. Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Beginning of Knowledge. [REVIEW]David Vessey - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23:254-256.
     
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  37. Philosophical Hermeneutics.David Vessey - 2006 - In John R. Shook & Joseph Margolis (eds.), A Companion to Pragmatism. Blackwell.
     
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  38. The Fruitfulness of Dialogue: An Account of Intersubjectivity Appropriate for Hermeneutics.David T. Vessey - 1996 - Dissertation, University of Notre Dame
    A central tenet of hermeneutics is the claim that dialogue is necessary for the full understanding of ourselves. It follows, then, that dialogue must be fruitful for understanding in a way in which no solitary activity can be. This dissertation provides a much needed defense of this claim by articulating and defending the essential parts of an account of intersubjectivity from which the claim follows. The dissertation is divided into three sections, each focusing on a specific part of the account (...)
     
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