Hermeneutics initially came to be associated with the interpretation of biblical scripture, becoming a dominant movement within Protestant theology. But with the development of its principles and theory by, particularly, Heidegger and Gadamer, it became a distinctive philosophical movement in its own right and has come to be influential within the field of Literary Criticism. Very broadly speaking, philosophical hermeneutics is concerned with the process through which understanding may occur between/among two or more 'alien' others--whether alien due to religion, historical period, geography, language, generation, or any other cultural difference that imposes challenges to peaceful communication and mutual understanding. Thus, hermeneutics is of particular relevance for us in our global world where, at times, the clash of cultural misunderstanding devastates human communities with 'resounding gong(s).'
An essay by Cyd C. Ropp at Janus Head
Paul Griffiths' review of the book, "Buddhist Hermeneutics" from the journal, Philosophy East and West, Vol.40 No.2 April 1990.
Article from The Encyclopedia of Informal Education exploring the related notions of dialogue and conversation in the thinking of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paulo Freire, Jürgen Habermas, and David Bohm.
Site about the interaction of hermeneutics and foundationalism. The interaction of hermeneutics and foundationalism is the same as the interaction of interpretation and reality. Our connection to reality may underdetermine the interpretation, leaving a range of possibilities, but it does impose a limit to interpretation, determining a certain range. What hermeneutics and foundationalism really represent, however, is something logically more precise. Hermeneutics is about interpretation, which is about meaning, which is about what is understood. Foundationalism is about reality, which is about truth, which is about what is known.
Article by John C. Mallery, Roger Hurwitz, and Gavan Duffy. After briefly reviewing the historical development of hermeneutics as a method of interpretation, this article examines the contributions of hermeneutics to the human sciences. This background provides perspective for a review of recent hermeneutically-oriented AI research, including the Alker, Lehnert and Schneider computer-assisted techniques for coding the affective structure of narratives, the earlier positive proposal by Winograd and Bateman, the later pessimism of Winograd and Flores on the possibility of AI, as well as the system-building efforts of Duffey and Mallery.
An autonomous, international, and interdisciplinary research institute, founded to foster and articulate a general hermeneutics, a task demanding an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration on a level that does not yet exist in the contemporary university. It has a particular concentration in philosophy, religious studies, and comparative literature.
Overview of Philosophical hermeneutics with relevance to practical applications such as the development of common law, computational theory, and evolution.
Sample syllabus of Dr. Harry Reeder's regularly taught (graduate and undergraduate) course on hermeneutics - this course will begin with a consideration of the background of philosophical hermeneutics (theories of interpretation) in modern philosophy (Descartes, Hume, Kant, Dilthey). Then it will follow the hermeneutic tradition in philosophy as it develops in the twentieth century, through a philosophical examination of the works of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jürgen Habermas, and Paul Ricoeur. In addition, we will examine the independent yet in part parallel philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Drawing on the Gadamer's "Truth and Method," Jeffrey F. Bullock, explores a way of developing a homily "that is a process of ongoing conversation rather than a method of retrieval and/or representation of biblical texts."
This volume provides thoughtful answers to a surprisingly large number of significant questions in the rhetoric of science and in rhetorical theory generally. Unlike most anthologies, there is no issue of continuity in this one. It contains treatments of the field's most central issues and has a group of well-known authors who, in fact, have helped to define the field. It should have a wide readership because of its topical interest, its attention to basic theoretical issues, and its presentation of high quality academic debate.
Richard Palmer has been one of America's leading experts in Hermeneutic philosophy for decades. His textbook, "Hermeneutics" is well know to all who have studied in the field. His personal webpage includes a wealth of hermeneutic information, including the full text of four articles and an extensive bibliographic resource for those studying Gadamer.
Article by Gary B. Madison at the conference, "After Post-modernism," highlighting the moral optimism of the hermeneutic branch of postmodern thought in opposition to "the dead-end of relativism and nihilism" characterized by poststructuralism and neopragmatism.
Essay by physicist, Alan Sokal, teasing philosophical implications from quantum mechanics, with a view to accommodating some feminist and poststructuralist critiques of the ideology of domination perceived to be inherent in the discourse of much of the scientific community.
Word Trade, describing itself as "an independent review agency serving the public, scholars, libraries, and booksellers," here provides reviews of books on or by Gadamer, including: Gadamer In Conversation: Reflections and Commentary by Hans Georg Gadamer; Hermeneutics and the voice of the other: Re-reading Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics by James Risser; Dialogue and deconstruction: The Gadamer Derrida Encounter by Diane P. Michelfelder.
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