In this book, internationally recognized scholars in philosophical hermeneutics discuss various aspects of language and linguisticality. The translations of Hans-Georg Gadamer's two recent essays provoke a preliminary discussion on the philosopher's polemic claim in Truth and Method"Being that can be understood is language." Topics addressed by the contributors include the relationship of rituals to tradition and the immemorial; the unity of the word; conversation; translation and conceptuality; and the interrelationship between the art of writing and linguisticality. This work is of critical importance to anyone interested in Gadamer's claims regarding the boundaries of language, the transition from the prelinguistic to linguistic realms, and the role of rituals in this transition.
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Table of ContentsChapter 1 Language in a Hermeneutic Ontology Chapter 2 Boundaries of Language (1985) Chapter 3 Towards a Phenomenology of Ritual and Language (1992) Chapter 4 Play, Festival, and Ritual in Gadamer: On the Theme of the Immemorial in his Later Works Chapter 5 On the Hermeneutic Understanding of Language: Word, Conversation and Subject Matter Chapter 6 The Hermeneutics of Translation Chapter 7 The Other Side of Writing: Thoughts on Gadamer's Notion of Schriftlichkeit Chapter 8 Plato's Khôra as a Linguistic Index of Groundlessness Chapter 9 Participation and Ritual: Dewey and Gadamer on Language Chapter 10 A Written History of Effects: From Concept to Application Chapter 11 The Enigma of Health: Gadamer at Century's End Chapter 12 Notes Chapter 13 About the Contributors