The inner word in Gadamer's hermeneutics refers to the meaning that exceeds anything explicitly said. This explanation has been subsumed within metaphysical and theological parameters of interpretation with little regard for the implication of Gadamer's turn to the living language for understanding the inner word. An examination of his phenomenology of the inner word reveals its musical (rhythmic and tonal) dimensions and how they function to harmonize disparate orientations in the middle voice, above all for Gadamer, those that underlie modes of cognition in both the humanities and the sciences; a visual and auditory ethos. However, understood as constituting the music of language discernible in the middle voice, the inner word is also suppressed/forgotten by the technological extension of sight, i.e., print and thus requires a turn of the inner ear or auditory disposition. Theories of language in evolutionary and cognitive science are both assessed in light of Gadamer's insights into the nature of thought and employed to account for a dimension of language that is inscribed in the lingual minds of our species, which when recalled by the inner ear enables us to think such opposites together as we find in the humanities and sciences together. This thinking together is expressed in a double account of an object of inquiry, such as the one Andrew Fuyarchuk puts forward about the inner word in Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics.
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About the Author
Andrew Fuyarchuk teaches at Hanson College and Yorkville University.
Table of Contents
Part One: From the Inner Word to the Inner Voice
Chapter One: Gadamer the Post-Modern
Chapter Two: Folk Intuitions about the Embodied Word
Chapter Three: The Inner Voice and the Divine
Chapter Four: Event of Language
Chapter Five: Recollection and the Pythagorean-Plato
Chapter Six: Gadamer and Helmholtz
Part Two: Hermeneutics and Science: Dialogical Integration
Chapter Seven: The Problem Renewed
Chapter Eight: Gadamer, Mithen, Donald
Chapter Nine: The Inner Voice and Non-Manipulative Hmmmm