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Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics

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In this wide-ranging historical introduction to hermeneutics, Jean Grodin discusses the major figures from Philo to Habermas, analyses conflicts between various interpretative schools, and provides a critical appraisal of Gadamer's 'Truth and Method'.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 27th 1997 by Yale University Press (first published 1991)
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Pooya Razavian
Feb 01, 2011 Pooya Razavian rated it it was amazing
Read this before you read other books in the field. The theory of understanding proposed by Gadamer, the leading philosopher in hermeneutics, is that historical context and dialoge are two of the necessary requirements for understanding. This is how Grondin approaches the book. From Philo to Habermas, Grondin's historical approach documents the development of hermeneutics to give these philosophical ideas their necessary context, and to show how hermeneutics has developed as a philosophical dial ...more
Ruby Foster
One of the most difficult books I have ever read but it is also one of the most insightful. With the help of philosophy dictionary, I enjoyed the book a great deal.
امین میردامادیان
از متن: « ما مرتکب مغالطه ای تاریخی نگر خواهیم شد اگر بکوشیم حقیقت را نسبی توصیف کنیم در هنگامی که حقیقت به شیوه های متفاوت ملاحظه می شود. تا آنجا که علم هرمنوتیک از نسبی نگری سخن می گوید، نسبی نگری صرفا یک شبح است ــ افسانه ای که گمان می رود مردمان را می ترساند اما چنین واقعیتی وجود ندارد. زیرا نسبی نگری ــ یعنی این تلقی کلی که هر عقیده ای درباره ی شیئی مفروض، یا حتی هر شیءِ فی نفسه، درست همان قدر خوب است که هر عقیده ی دیگری ــ در واقع نظری نیست که هیچ کس حتی آن را جدی گرفته باشد. علم هرمنوتیک ...more
Tom Head
Jan 29, 2011 Tom Head rated it it was amazing
Successfully argues for the presence of philosophical hermeneutics in Greek philosophy. Identifies thinkers from the 17th through 19th centuries who had not been previously identified as hermeneuticists. Successfully explains Heidegger in 5 pages; successfully explains Derrida in 3. Throws in lots of humor, and ends with a twist. It's half bibliography, but that's not an entirely bad thing. If you're interested in 20th century philosophy and don't mind reading really really slowly (this is a ver ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Carlo rated it really liked it
Really a terrific introduction. Grondin does a nice job of presenting a historical introduction to hermeneutics by showing how the philosophical contexts and questions changed, broke off, were forgotten, etc. as he moves from the ancient Greeks to the German Romantics and finally to Heidegger, Gadamer, and Derrida. Clearly written, a bit technical in places for, e.g., an underclassman undergraduate level of philosophical background, but overall it would be a perfect recourse for teaching an unde ...more
Mohammad Mirzaali
اگر از فصول ابتدایی و تاریخی کتاب بگذریم، این کتاب ژان گروندن چیزی به کتاب مختصرترش با عنوان «هرمنوتیک» (ترجمهی محمدرضا ابوالقاسمی / نشر ماهی) نیفزود و این با توجه به حجم کتاب قابل درک است. نکتهی قابل ذکر دیگر همدلی همیشهحاضر گروندن با گادامر است که گویی گادامر را محک بررسی بعضی دیگر از هرمنوتیکدانها میکند ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Bart rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Really good and (I think) comprehensive review of the field of hermeneutics and all the debates around it. The author focuses especially on the thesis of the universality of hermeneutics: the claim that everything is mediated through language and that interpretation therefore is universal. Although Grondin is pretty much partisan to Gadamer's hermeneutics (no wonder he was willing to write the foreword), this book still gives a good and instructive overview of the field. Before reading I was wor ...more
Brandon Giella
Jun 29, 2015 Brandon Giella rated it did not like it
Okay, it depends on what you think "introduction" means (which may be the book's first test in hermeneutics). This book assumes you have a firm grasp on historical philosophy and hermeneutics to begin with. I read about 40 pages and had to put it down. It's full of names and references that, unless you're pretty familiar with the broader theories, you won't understand where it's going. It's also a very poor translation, with clear and simple sentences like this one on page 12: "Repudiating the m ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Pablo rated it really liked it
"Encontrarme" con este libro justo cuando estoy leyendo Ser y Tiempo, son de esas coincidencias literarias que hacen que uno pueda entender mejor lo que lee.

Como introducción, tiene ciertas cuestiones bastantes complejas, aunque creo que no pueden ser tratadas de una manera mas sencilla.
Jessica Zu
Aug 10, 2016 Jessica Zu rated it really liked it
Shelves: diss
love this book. not sure about its reliance on the "inner word" for justifying the universal project of hermeneutics ... too mythical ...
not buying the argument about the uniqueness of ways of knowing in human sciences.
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