Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism [NOOK Book]

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The philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer interests a wide audience that spans the traditional distinction between European (continental) and Anglo-American (analytic) philosophy. Yet one of the most important and complex aspects of his work - his engagement with German Idealism - has received comparatively little attention. In this book, Kristin Gjesdal uses a close analysis and critical investigation of Gadamer's Truth and Method (1960) to show that his engagement with Kant, Hegel, and Schleiermacher is integral to ...
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Overview

The philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer interests a wide audience that spans the traditional distinction between European (continental) and Anglo-American (analytic) philosophy. Yet one of the most important and complex aspects of his work - his engagement with German Idealism - has received comparatively little attention. In this book, Kristin Gjesdal uses a close analysis and critical investigation of Gadamer's Truth and Method (1960) to show that his engagement with Kant, Hegel, and Schleiermacher is integral to his conception of hermeneutics. She argues that a failure to engage with this aspect of Gadamer's philosophy leads to a misunderstanding of the most pressing problem of post-Heideggerian hermeneutics: the tension between the commitment to the self-criticism of reason, on the one hand, and the turn towards the meaning-constituting authority of tradition, on the other. Her study provides an illuminating assessment of both the merits and the limitations of Gadamer's thought.
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"...This work is an intelligent contribution to historical debates in hermeneutics and phenomenology... [Recommended]..."
—P. Amato, Drexel University, Choice

"....Kristin Gjesdal's book fits neatly into this newly-discovered interest in Gadamer's philosophy.... lucidly written....her book offers a variety of critical insights. It can be recommended to every scholar of Gadamer's philosophy who is interested in both historical reconstructions and systematic arguments."
—Christian Lotz, Michigan State University, Journal of the History of Philosophy

"In this often insightful and well-argued book, Kristin Gjesdal focuses valuable attention on Gadamer’s treatment of major philosophers of German Idealism and Romanticism in a critical consideration of some of the central ideas of philosophical hermeneutics..."
—Peter Amato, Drexel University, Research in Phenomenology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511847813
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Series: Modern European Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 407 KB

Meet the Author

Kristin Gjesdal is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Temple University.
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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Art, dialogue, and historical knowledge: appropriating Kant's Critique of Judgment; 2. Beyond the third Critique: epistemological skepticism and aesthetic consciousness; 3. Overcoming the problems of modern philosophy: art, truth, and the turn to ontology; 4. History, reflection, and self-determination: critiquing the Enlightenment and Hegel; 5. Schleiermacher's critical theory of interpretation; 6. Normativity, critique, and reflection: the hermeneutic legacy of German Idealism; Bibliography of works cited; Index.
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