Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics / Edition 1

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In this wide-ranging historical introduction to philosophical hermeneutics, Jean Grondin discusses the major figures from Philo to Habermas, analyzes conflicts between various interpretive schools, and provides a persuasive critique of Gadamer's Truth and Method which, serves as a model for Grondin's approach.
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The inaugural volume in a new Yale U. Press series that will provide a venue for examining hermeneutic thinking in all its forms. In a wide- ranging historical introduction to philosophical hermeneutics, Grondin (philosophy, U. of Montreal) discusses the major figures from Philo to Habermas, analyzes conflicts between various interpretive schools, and provides a critique of Hans-Georg Gadamer's view of hermeneutic history. Translated from the original German edition of 1991 (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesselschaft). Gadamer provides the foreword. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300070897
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Yale Studies in Hermeneutics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,309,166
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I On the Prehistory of Hermeneutics 16
1 Linguistic Delimitations 16
2 The Semantics of hermeneuein 20
3 Allegorical Interpretation of Myth 23
4 Philo: The Universality of Allegory 26
5 Origen: The Universality of Typology 28
6 Augustine: The Universality of the Inner Logos 32
7 Luther: Sola Scriptura? 39
8 Flacius: The Universality of the Grammatical 42
II Hermeneutics between Grammar and Critique 45
1 Dannhauer: True Interpretation and Interpretive Truth 47
2 Chladenius: The Universality of the Pedagogical 50
3 Meier: The Universality of Signs 56
4 Pietism: The Universality of the Affective 59
III Romantic Hermeneutics and Schleiermacher 63
1 The Post-Kantian Transition from the Enlightenment to Romanticism: Ast and Schlegel 63
2 Schleiermacher's Universalization of Misunderstanding 67
3 Limiting Hermeneutics to Psychology? 72
4 The Dialectical Ground of Hermeneutics 73
IV The Problems of Historicism 76
1 Bockh and the Dawn of Historical Awareness 76
2 Droysen's Universal Historiology: Understanding as Research in the Moral World 79
3 Dilthey: On the Way to Hermeneutics 84
V Heidegger: Hermeneutics as the Interpretation of Existence 91
1 The "Fore" of Fore-Understanding 92
2 Its Transparency in Interpretation 96
3 The Idea of a Philosophical Hermeneutics of Facticity 98
4 The Derivative Status of Statements? 100
5 Hermeneutics after the Turn 102
VI Gadamer and the Universe of Hermeneutics 106
1 Back to the Human Sciences 106
2 The Overcoming of Historicist Hermeneutics 110
3 Effective History as Principle 113
4 Understanding as Questioning and Therefore Application 115
5 Language as Dialogue 117
6 The Universality of the Hermeneutic Universe 120
VII Hermeneutics in Dialogue 124
1 Betti's Epistemological Return to the Inner Spirit 125
2 Habermas's Critique of Hermeneutics in the Name of Agreement 129
3 The Deconstructive Challenge to Hermeneutics 135
Afterword 140
Notes 145
Bibliography 169
Index 229
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