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Gadamer in Conversation: Reflections and Commentary
     

Gadamer in Conversation: Reflections and Commentary

by Hans-Georg Gadamer, Richard E. Palmer, Dorte Von Westernhagen, Glenn W. Most
 

ISBN-10: 0300084889

ISBN-13: 9780300084887

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

This volume presents six lively conversations with Hans-Georg Gadamer (born 1900), one of the twentieth century's master philosophers. Looking back over his life and thought, Gadamer takes up key issues in his philosophy, addresses points of controversy, and replies to his critics, including those who accuse him of having been in complicity with the Nazis. A genial

Overview

This volume presents six lively conversations with Hans-Georg Gadamer (born 1900), one of the twentieth century's master philosophers. Looking back over his life and thought, Gadamer takes up key issues in his philosophy, addresses points of controversy, and replies to his critics, including those who accuse him of having been in complicity with the Nazis. A genial and direct conversationalist, Gadamer is here captured at his best and most accessible. The interviews took place between 1989 and 1996, and all but one appear in English for the first time in this volume. The first three conversations, conducted by Heidelberg philosopher Carsten Dutt, deal with hermeneutics, aesthetics, and practical philosophy and the question of ethics. In a fourth conversation, with University of Heidelberg classics professor Glenn W. Most, Gadamer argues for the vital importance of the Greeks for our contemporary thinking. In the next, the philosopher reaffirms his connection with phenomenology and clarifies his relation to Husserl and Heidegger in a conversation with London philosopher Alfons Grieder. In the final interview, with German Nazi expert Dorte von Westernhagen, Gadamer describes his life as a struggling young professor in Germany in the 1930s and refutes accusations of his complicity with the Nazis. These conversations are a lucid introduction for readers new to the philosopher's thought, and for experts they present an invaluable commentary on Gadamer's most important themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084887
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Yale Studies in Hermeneutics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction1
Part IGadamer in Conversation31
Preface33
1Hermeneutics36
2Aesthetics61
3Practical Philosophy78
Part IIThree Other Conversations87
4The Greeks, Our Teachers89
5On Phenomenology103
6"The real Nazis had no interest at all in us ..."115
Bibliographical Appendix ATranslations of Hermeneutik-Asthetik-Praktische Philosophie: Hans-Georg Gadamer im Gesprach133
Bibliographical Appendix BEnglish-Language Books By and About Gadamer134
Bibliographical Appendix CHow to Find Theses, Articles, and Other Writings By and About Gadamer140
Notes145
Index167

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