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Self-Understanding and Lifeworld : Basic Traits of a Phenomenological Hermeneutics

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What are the foundations of human self-understanding and the value of responsible philosophical questioning? Focusing on Heidegger's early work on facticity, historicity, and the phenomenological hermeneutics of factical-historical life, Hans-Helmuth Gander develops an idea of understanding that reflects our connection with the world and other, and thus invites deep consideration of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. He draws usefully on Husserl's phenomenology and provides grounds for exchange with Descartes, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Foucault. On the way to developing a contemporary hermeneutical philosophy, Gander clarifies the human relation to self in and through conversation with Heidegger's early hermeneutics. Questions about reading and writing then follow as these are the very actions that structure human self-understanding and world understanding.show more

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  • Hardback | 472 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 28.7mm | 816.47g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253025559
  • 9780253025555
  • 1,679,645

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"Gander's Self-Understanding and Lifeworld is an eminent text within contemporary Continental philosophy. An English translation is essential and Ryan Drake and Joshua Rayman have done an admirable job preserving the style of the German." -Lawrence K. Schmidt, author of Understanding Hermeneuticsshow more

About Hans-Helmuth Gander

Hans-Helmuth Gander is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Husserl Archive at the University of Freiburg.Ryan Drake is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He specializes in 20th century European philosophy and ancient philosophy.Joshua Rayman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is author of Kant on Sublimity and Morality.show more

Table of contents

Translators' IntroductionForeword Introduction1. Exposition of the Connection Between Self-Being, Lifeworld, and History 2. Conception and Outline of the Treatise with an Excursis on the Paratextual Functions of RemarksPart One. In the Network of Texts: Toward the Perspective Character of Understanding3. Inception and Beginning: Toward a Fore-Structure of Understanding4. Approaching the Question of Interpretation: On the Relation of "Author-Text-Reader"5. On the Relation of Writing and Reading to Self-Formation6. The Text as a Connection of Sense in the Horizon of the Occurrence of Tradition as Effective History7. In the Governing Network of Discourse8. The Sense-Creating Potential of Texts: The Modification of the World9. Excursis on the Metaphor of the "Book of the World"10. In the Network of Tradition: On Understanding as an Incursion into the Current of Texts11. On the Interpretive Character of Knowledge in the Wake of the Historicity of Understanding12. Parenthesis on the Discourse of Metaphysics "as such" as a Problem of an Epochal Revaluation in View of a Signature of the Present13. Critical Remarks on the Concept of an Absolute ReasonPart Two. I and World: The Question Concerning the Ground of PhilosophyChapter One. On the Search for the Certainty of the I14. Toward the Task of a Hermeneutical Interpretation of the Concept and its Relation to Everyday Experience: An Approximation15. Wonder and Doubt: On the Entry-Point of Philosophical Reflection16. Under the Spell of Certainty: Descartes' Self-Certainty of the `I am' as a Hermeneutical Problem17. The Ontological Positioning of the Cartesian Ego Between Acquisition of the Self and Loss of the WorldChapter Two. On Life in Lifeworlds: Critical Considerations of Husserl's Phenomenology of the Lifeworld18. The Concept of `Lifeworld' as an Indication of the Problem19. Husserl's Recourse to as an "Irrushow more