Gadamer : Hermeneutics, Tradition and Reason

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In this book the author provides a systematic exposition of philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer's work, as well as an assessment of his views. She gives particular attention to the ways in which Gadamer's work has been taken up and criticized by literary critics, social theorists and philosophers such as Hirsch, Habermas and Rorty. She thus provides an introduction to Gadamer which demonstrates the relevance of his work to current debates in a variety of disciplines. This book should interest students and specialists in the humanities and social sciences, particularly philosophy, social and political theory, literary criticism, theology and law.
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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745602401
  • 9780745602400

Table of contents

Part 1 Hermeneutics and history: critique of romantic hermeneutics; the phenomenological turn. Part 2 Hermeneutics and authorial intention: Hirsch's intentionalism; the structure of game-playing; mimesis - understanding as participation.Part 3 Hermeneutics and the problem of subjectivism: the rehabilitation of prejudice and tradition; the anticipation of completeness; understanding and application; the dialogic structure of understanding. Part 4 Hermeneutics and the critique of ideology: Habermas's review of "Truth and Method"; Apel's critique of hermeneutics; Habermas's second response to Gadamer; unconstrained communication; Gadamer's conservatism. Part 5 Hermeneutics and the new pragmatism: Rorty's new unity of science; Rorty's critique of epistemology; Rorty's irrationalism; "Bildung" and Practical Reason.
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