Gadamer: A Philosophical Portrait

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 2013 - Philosophy - 233 pages
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Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002), one of the towering figures of contemporary Continental philosophy, is best known for Truth and Method, where he elaborated the concept of "philosophical hermeneutics," a programmatic way to get to what we do when we engage in interpretation. Donatella Di Cesare highlights the central place of Greek philosophy, particularly Plato, in Gadamer's work, brings out differences between his thought and that of Heidegger, and connects him with discussions and debates in pragmatism. This is a sensitive and thoroughly readable philosophical portrait of one of the 20th century’s most powerful thinkers.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 LIVING THROUGH A CENTURY
4
2 THE EVENT OF TRUTH
36
3 LINGERING IN ART
48
4 ON THE WAY TO PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS
68
5 THE CONSTELLATION OF UNDERSTANDING
84
6 AN ETHICS CLOSE TO LIFE
109
PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS AND GREEK PHILOSOPHY
123
8 THE HORIZON OF DIALOGUE
143
9 HERMENEUTICS AS PHILOSOPHY
176
10 KEEPING THE DIALOGUE GOING
189
INDEX OF NAMES
227
INDEX OF TERMS
231
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About the author (2013)

Donatella Di Cesare is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." She is author of Grammatica dei tempi messianici and Ermeneutica della finitezza.

Niall Keane is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Limerick.

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