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Understanding Hermeneutics

Author : Lawrence Kennedy Schmidt
ISBN : 9781134943760
Genre : Philosophy
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This series provides short, accessible and lively introduction to the major schools, movements and traditions in philosophy and the history of ideas since the beginning of the Enlightenment. All books in the series are written for undergraduates meeting the subject for the first time. Hermeneutics concerns itself with the theory of understanding and the interpretation of language. The question of how to correctly interpret and understand others remains one of the most contested branches of philosophy. In Understanding Hermeneutics Lawrence Schmidt provides an introduction to modern hermeneutics through a systematic examination of the ideas of its key philosophical proponents. Chapter 1 examines the ideas, of the Protestant theologian, Friedrich Schleiermacher, who argues that misunderstanding is always possible so we must always employ interpretation if we are to understnad correctly. Chapter 2 discusses the ideas of Dilthey, who maintains that understanding in the humanities is fundamentally different from explanation in the natural sciences, and who presents a methodology to judge what another person means or feels by means of their language and also their gestures, facial expressions, and manners of acting. Chapter 3 explores the ideas of Heidegger who radicalizes the concept by shifting its focus from interpreting texts to an existential interpretation of human being. In Chapter 4 the recent ideas of Gadamer are examined, which extend to examining the structures of hermeneutic experience and to question the supremacy of the natural sciences as models for truth. The final chapters consider some of the criticisms and controversies surrounding hermeneutics, including the work of Habermas, Hirsch, Ricoeur and Derrida, and the prospects for the future of hermeneutics.
Category: Philosophy

Transcendence And Understanding

Author : Zdenko S. Sirka
ISBN : 9781532678097
Genre : Religion
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This book brings into conversation Western and Orthodox hermeneutical schools: one represented by Hans-Georg Gadamer and his followers, while the other school is less focused around one person and yet displays common distinct features. The main question of the book is how we can mediate not only the content of understanding of who we are in relation to each other, to the world in which we live, and to God, but also comprehend the process of understanding across various historical periods. The strengths and weaknesses of both positions are presented, and it is shown how these two hermeneutical approaches can enrich each other. The book argues that preserving both positions, and indicating how they complement each other, helps show the limits of encountering the transcendent reality that can be testified to by human language without being reduced to it as such.
Category: Religion

Hermeneutics As A Theory Of Understanding

Author : Petr Pokorn
ISBN : 9780802827210
Genre : Religion
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Walk with Peter Pkorny in and around his beloved field of hermeneutics as he explores a number of basic issues in understanding-from language in general to the interpretation of the Bible in particular. Pokorny first addresses the world of language, showing the importance of understanding language thoroughly in terms of its vocabulary, syntax, and pragntaties, while keeping a keen eye open for metaphor and myth. Next he focuses on text, examining its graphic character, its misuse, and its silence-its frustrating inability to answer questions posed to it. The third stop on Pokorny's tour-methods of interpretation-looks at translation, rhetorical criticism, and historical methodologies of interpretation. Here he argues not only that the encounter between texts and readers is rife with problems in communication but also that these impediments can be overcome by returning again and again to the text until it makes clear its relevance to the present. In the final segment of his wide-ranging hermeneutical journey, Pokorny examines the nature of interpretation itself, celebrating especially its capacity to bridge the gap-or even the abyss-that divides the world of the text and the lived world of the reader, creating a dialogue between the two that can overcome the silence of the written word.
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Understanding Dilthey Hermeneutics

Author : Hercules Bantas
Genre : Philosophy
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Wilhelm Dilthey was an influential German philosopher who was instrumental in reinstating hermeneutics as a viable foundation for the human sciences. This essay length guide covers all the important concepts including the distinction between the natural and human sciences, his historical epistemology, and his concepts of interest and 'exegesis'.
Category: Philosophy

Unquiet Understanding

Author : Nicholas Davey
ISBN : 9780791481288
Genre : Philosophy
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Argues that Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics merits a radical reappraisal.
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The Life Of Understanding

Author : James Risser
ISBN : 9780253002198
Genre : Philosophy
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In Gadamer’s hermeneutics, interpretation is inseparable from the broader concern of making one’s way in life. In this book, James Risser builds on this insight about the juxtaposition of human living and the act of understanding by tracing hermeneutics back to the basic experience of philosophy as defined by Plato. For Risser, Plato provides resources for new directions in hermeneutics and new possibilities for "the life of understanding" and "the understanding of life." Risser places Gadamer in dialogue with Plato, with the issue of memory as a conceptual focus. He develops themes pertaining to hermeneutics such as retrieval as a matter of convalescence, exile as a venture into the foreign, formation with respect to oneself and to life with others, the experience of language in hermeneutics, and the relationship between speaking and writing.
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New Horizons In Hermeneutics

Author : Anthony C. Thiselton
ISBN : 0310217628
Genre : Religion
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This book explores the rapidly growing interdisciplinary area of hermeneutics and its significance for biblical studies, combining wide, fundamental, rigorous, and creative theoretical concerns with practical questions about how we read biblical texts.
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Hermeneutics Method And Methodology

Author : Thomas M Seebohm
ISBN : 9781402026188
Genre : Philosophy
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The goal of the investigation is a phenomenological theory of the methods and later the methodology of the human sciences, first of all the philological interpretation of texts. The first part is a critical reflection on the historical development of hermeneutics as method of interpreting texts and the tradition including the first steps toward the emergence of scientific methodological hermeneutics. Such reflections show that the development of hermeneutics is onesidedly founded in the development of hermeneutical consciousness, i.e. the changing attitudes in the application and rejection of cultural traditions. All methods and finally methodologies are onesidedly founded in the activities of the lifeworld. The second part is a first attempt to develop an outline of a general phenomenological theory of pre-methodical and methodical understanding in the lifeworld. The third part offers a critical phenomenologically guided analysis of methodological hermeneutics.
Category: Philosophy

Hermeneutics And Social Science Routledge Revivals

Author : Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN : 9781136955532
Genre : Social Science
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Originally published in 1978, this important work, by one of the leading European social theorists, is arguably the best introduction to the hermeneutic tradition as a whole. It is designed to help students of sociology and philosophy place the problems of "understanding social science" in their historical and philosophical context. It does so by presenting the major current in sociological thought as responses to the challenge of hermeneutics. The idea that true knowledge of social life can be attained only if human conduct is seen as meaningful action whose meaning is accordingly grasped has been presented as a discovery of recent sociology. In fact its history is long and its connections plentiful, reaching beyond the boundaries of sociology itself. Yet it is in sociology that the hermeneutic tradition has attracted most interest but most misinterpretation. The debate is in full swing and there is no attempt to offer "correct" solutions - the emphasis instead is upon revealing the strengths and weaknesses of each of the main approaches. However it is Bauman's view that the theory of understanding may achieve valid results only if it treats the problem of understanding as an aspect of the ongoing process of social life.
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Schleiermacher Hermeneutics And Criticism

Author : Schleiermacher Friedrich
ISBN : 0521598486
Genre : Philosophy
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A new translation and edition of the founding text of modern hermeneutics.
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Interreligious Hermeneutics

Author : Catherine Cornille
ISBN : 9781630874254
Genre : Religion
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Catherine Cornille, Boston College David Tracy, University of Chicago Divinity School Werner Jeanrond, University of Glasgow Marianne Moyaert, University of Leuven John Maraldo, University of North Florida Reza Shah-Kazemi, Institute of Ismaili Studies Malcolm David Eckel, Boston University Joseph S. O'Leary, Sophia University John P. Keenan, Middlebury College Hendrik Vroom, VU University Amsterdam Laurie Patton, Emory University
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Author : Richard E. Palmer
ISBN : 9780810104594
Genre : Philosophy
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This classic, first published in 1969, introduces to English-speaking readers a field which is of increasing importance in contemporary philosophy and theology--hermeneutics, the theory of understanding, or interpretation. Richard E. Palmer, utilizing largely untranslated sources, treats principally of the conception of hermeneutics enunciated by Heidegger and developed into a "philosophical hermeneutics" by Hans-Georg Gadamer. He provides a brief overview of the field by surveying some half-dozen alternate definitions of the term and by examining in detail the contributions of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Wilhelm Dilthey. In the Manifesto which concludes the book, Palmer suggests the potential significance of hermeneutics for literary interpretation.
Category: Philosophy

Encyclopedia Of Phenomenology

Author : Lester Embree
ISBN : 9789401588812
Genre : Philosophy
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This encyclopedia presents phenomenological thought and the phenomenological movement within philosophy and within more than a score of other disciplines on a level accessible to professional colleagues of other orientations as well as to advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Entries average 3,000 words. In practically all cases, they include lists of works "For Further Study." The Introduction briefly chronicles the changing phenomenological agenda and compares phenomenology with other 20th Century movements. The 166 entries are a baut matters of seven sorts: ( 1) the faur broad tendencies and periods within the phenomenological movement; (2) twenty-three national traditions ofphenomenology; (3) twenty-two philosophical sub-disciplines, including those referred to with the formula "the philosophy of x"; (4) phenomenological tendencies within twenty-one non-philosophical dis ciplines; (5) forty major phenomenological topics; (6) twenty-eight leading phenomenological figures; and (7) twenty-seven non-phenomenological figures and movements ofinteresting sim ilarities and differences with phenomenology. Conventions Concern ing persons, years ofbirth and death are given upon first mention in an entry ofthe names of deceased non-phenomenologists. The names of persons believed tobe phenomenologists and also, for cross-referencing purposes, the titles of other entries are printed entirely in SMALL CAPITAL letters, also upon first mention. In addition, all words thus occurring in all small capital letters are listed in the index with the numbers of all pages on which they occur. To facilitate indexing, Chinese, Hungarian, and Japanese names have been re-arranged so that the personal name precedes the family name.
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The Hermeneutics Of Medicine And The Phenomenology Of Health

Author : F. Svenaeus
ISBN : 9789401594585
Genre : Medical
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Fredrik Svenaeus' book is a delight to read. Not only does he exhibit keen understanding of a wide range of topics and figures in both medicine and philosophy, but he manages to bring them together in an innovative manner that convincingly demonstrates how deeply these two significant fields can be and, in the end, must be mutually enlightening. Medicine, Svenaeus suggests, reveals deep but rarely explicit themes whose proper comprehension invites a careful phenomenological and hermeneutical explication. Certain philosophical approaches, on the other hand - specifically, Heidegger's phenomenology and Gadamer's hermeneutics - are shown to have a hitherto unrealized potential for making sense of those themes long buried within Western medicine. Richard M. Zaner, Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics, Vanderbilt University
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Ideas For A Hermeneutic Phenomenology Of The Natural Sciences

Author : J.J. Kockelmans
ISBN : 1402006500
Genre : History
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Ideas for Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Natural Sciences (published in 1993 as volume 15 of this series) comprised mainly ontological reflections on the natural sciences. That book explained why the natural sciences must be considered inherently interpretive in character, and clarified the conditions under which scientific interpretations are "legitimate" and may be called "true". This companion volume focuses on methodological issues. Its first part elucidates the methodical hermeneutics developed in the 19th century by Boeckh, Birt, Dilthey, and others. Its second part, through the use of concrete examples drawn from modern physics as it unfolded from Copernicus to Maxwell, clarifies and "proves" the main points of the ontologico-hermeneutical conception of the sciences elaborated in the earlier volume. It thereby both illuminates the most important problems confronting an ontologico-phenomenological approach to the natural sciences and offers an alternative to Kuhn's conception of the historical development of the natural sciences.
Category: History

Hermeneutics And The Human Sciences

Author : Paul Ricoeur
ISBN : 0521280028
Genre : Philosophy
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A collection in translation of essays by Paul Ricoeur.
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The Middle Voice In Gadamer S Hermeneutics

Author : Philippe Eberhard
ISBN : 3161481577
Genre : Religion
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Revised thesis (Ph. D.) - University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, 2002.
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Hermeneutics And Modern Philosophy

Author : Brice R. Wachterhauser
ISBN : 0887062954
Genre : Philosophy
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Hermeneutics and Modern Philosophy is a collection of interpretive and critical essays on philosophical hermeneutics, focusing on the seminal work of Heidegger and Gadamer. The anthology brings together classic pieces in the field that previously were widely scattered and includes articles that shed light on issues in contemporary hermeneutics.
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Utopia Of Understanding

Author : Donatella Ester Di Cesare
ISBN : 9781438442549
Genre : Philosophy
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A hermeneutics of language after Auschwitz.
Category: Philosophy