The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer

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Robert J. Dostal
Cambridge University Press, Jan 21, 2002 - Philosophy - 317 pages
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Hans-Georg Gadamer (b. 1900) is widely recognized as the leading exponent of philosophical hermeneutics. The essays in this collection examine Gadamer's biography, the core of hermeneutical theory, and the significance of his work for ethics, aesthetics, the social sciences, and theology. They consider his appropriation of Hegel, Heidegger, and the Greeks and his relation to modernity, critical theory, and post-structuralism. New readers will find this Companion the most convenient and accessible guide to Gadamer currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Gadamer.
  

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Contents

Gadamer The Man and His Work
13
Gadamers Basic Understanding of Understanding
36
Getting it Right Relativism Realism and Truth
52
Hermeneutics Ethics and Politics
79
The Doing of the Thing Itself Gadamers Hermeneutic Ontology of Language
102
Gadamer on the Human Sciences
126
Lyric as Paradigm Hegel and the Speculative Instance of Poetry in Gadamers Hermeneutics
143
Gadamer the Hermeneutic Revolution and Theology
167
Hermeneutics in Practice Gadamer on Ancient Philosophy
201
Gadamers Hegel
225
Gadamers Relation to Heidegger and Phenomenology
247
The Constellation of Hermeneutics Critical Theory and Deconstruction
267
Bibliography
283
Index
313
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Page 7 - What I as a physicist had to discover for myself, most historians learn by example in the course of professional training. Consciously or not, they are all practitioners of the hermeneutic method. In my case, however, the discovery of hermeneutics did more than make history seem consequential. Its most immediate and decisive effect was instead on my view of science

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