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Philosophical Hermeneutics

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  406 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
This excellent collection contains 13 essays from Gadamer's Kleine Schriften, dealing with hermeneutical reflection, phenomenology, existential philosophy, and philosophical hermeneutics. Gadamer applies hermeneutical analysis to Heidegger and Husserl's phenomenology, an approach that proves critical and instructive.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 22nd 1977 by University of California Press (first published 1976)
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Justin Evans
Jun 21, 2011 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gadamer gets at least three stars for everything, just because he manages to be a serious student of German philosophy, but his sentences are comprehensible on first reading 80 to 90 percent of the time. That makes... one serious student of German philosophy, who is also an original thinker in his/her own right, about whom this can be said.

As to the content of this book, it's probably better for dipping into rather than reading straight through. The essays in the first half are mainly about the
Apr 11, 2008 Chronolith rated it really liked it
Dear Gadamar,

I love you so much you don't even know, but wirkungsgeschichtlichesBewußtsein is not a word. It is four (5?)words that you have smooshed together. Every time you do this you make the translator weep and pull at their hair. Please stop it.
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Paul Cockeram
Dec 18, 2014 Paul Cockeram rated it it was amazing
Gadamer understands the shortcomings of science, and he respects other philosophers like Husserl for pointing them out. Husserl was the father of phenomenology, and Heidegger advanced its cause into questions about what it means to be, and then here comes Gadamer to pull together the loose strands in highly readable, though very dense prose. If you managed to read this far into my review, then you’ll be able to finish this book, even if you’re not a philosophy major. But let’s be clear: a book w ...more
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Apr 02, 2010 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Disclaimer: these are largely meant to be personal notes, taken as I plod through essays in order to help me remember.

The Universality of the Hermeneutical Problem:
Decent first read for me, because it outlines what seem to me to be some of Gadamer's fundamental problematics while making clear enough statements on the 'hermeneutical experience'. Much of this, however, in the context of just this essay I wouldn't have understood at all. It was only because of the book's very adequate introduction
Zack Brazina
Jun 13, 2016 Zack Brazina rated it it was amazing
If you are in the pursuit of epiphanies, Gadamer holds one in every sentence. If you feel reading Aristotle or Nietzsche is like drinking wine where the message slowly gets to you, Gadamer is like shots of absinthe. You know it's there and he hands it to you without warning, without foreplay. This is the hardcore side of philosophy. Forget Kant, forget Wittgenstein, read them sure, but only in preparation for Gadamer. Every person, no matter how much of a genius, has something to learn from this ...more
Apr 28, 2013 James rated it liked it
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Gadamer's semantics and hermeneutics is an attempt to analyse words as a part of a larger context. It seems to be related to linguistics. Language for Gadamer is a central concept of human thought. A student of Heidegger, Gadamer takes an etymological approach to philosophy with a focus on the nature of being or existence. He raises the question of the status of interpretation and whether there is a systematic method for doing this. In doing all of this he seems to be confusing understanding wit ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really love this book, but it covers a lot of things in general, not necessarily specifically. Gadamer talks a lot in the beginning about the context of Hermeneutics and the history of the movement and ends the book talking a lot about Heidegger. It is a collection of essays to clarify.
Patrick Alix
Apr 20, 2012 Patrick Alix rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Philosophers
Recommended to Patrick by: My Professor
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We tackled this book in my class. I came to appreciate what Gadamer was trying to push with finding out what an author is trying to say to his/her audience. The ideas meeting of minds and horizons finally gave me an understanding to what I've been trying to do with people I've been arguing with. Strongly recommend this book for people who are interested in finding out the truth of anything, on how to do it and what to do with it when the parties come to a conclusion.
Apr 14, 2014 Corbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of essays was my introduction to Gadamer, and it was a delightful survey of hermeneutic issues and methods, as well as hermeneutics' inheritance from phenomenology (especially Husserl and Heidegger). The essays were very accessible even though the claims robustly challenged common views about language, history, the world, and art found in both Continental and Anglo-American traditions.
Rodger Broome
Mar 05, 2013 Rodger Broome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed Gadamer's historical sketch of phenomenology and its role in he development in hermeneutics as an approach to human science.
Jan 07, 2013 Will rated it really liked it
Read "The Universality of the Hermeneutic Problem," "On the Nature and Scope of Hermeneutic Reflection," and "Man and Language."
Interesting read. Though the translation in French isn't really good. I'd rather read Gadamer in English.
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Interesting read.
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Hans-Georg Gadamer was born February 11, 1900 in Marburg, Germany.
(Arabic: هانز جورج غادامير)

Gadamer showed an early aptitude for studies in philosophy and after receiving his doctoral degree in 1922 he went on to work directly under Martin Heidegger for a period of five years. This had a profound and lasting effect on Gadamer's philosophical progression.

Gadamer was a teacher for most of his lif
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“Hay en griego una palabra que ahora podrá parecer chocante, y que se lo parecía sin duda a los griegos, aunque no formulasen mayores interrogantes al respecto: la “philautía”, el “amor a sí mismo”. Pues bien, de eso se trata, de hallar en el amor a sí mismo el verdadero fundamento y condición de cualquier tipo de vinculación con otros y de vinculatividad para uno mismo (Gadamer, 2002, p. 82)

» [...] ¿Es, pues, eso la verdadera amistad? No, tampoco es eso aún. La tesis más audaz es la que reza: la primera amistad que se necesita es la uno consigo mismo. Si no la hay, ni se está para el otro ni se llega a estar realmente vinculado con él. ¡Pero que lejos queda eso de lo que llamamos “vinculante”! (Gadamer, 2002, p. 83).

»[...] Evidentemente es amistad lo que añade Aristóteles: reconocerse en el otro y que el otro se reconozca en uno. Pero no sólo en el sentido de “así es ese”, sino también en el de concedernos recíprocamente el ser diferentes, más aún, por decirlo en palabras de Droysen: “Así tienes que ser, pues es así como te quiero” (Gadamer, 2002, p. 84).

»[...] De modo que, tal vez, el sentido más genuino y profundo de ese conocerse a sí mismo no sea otro que la certidumbre de que uno nunca percibe del todo hasta que qué punto está involucrado en su amor a sí mismo, incluso allí donde se piensa que es auténticamente amigo de otro. Pero si un auténtico acuerdo consigo mismo es condición previa para la amistad con otro, ¿qué es realmente esa amistad? (Gadamer, 2002, p. 84).

»[...] En la solidaridad que uno declara, ya sea libremente o a la fuerza, hay siempre, en cualquier caso, una renuncia a los intereses y preferencias más propios. La solidaridad nos hace renunciar a ciertas cosas en una cierta dirección, en un cierto momento, al servició de algún objetivo. (Gadamer, 2002, p. 86).

»[...] Desde luego la convivencia entre las personas sería imposible si no hubiese entre ellas algo así como una camaradería. (Gadamer, 2002, 87). Esto nos sitúa ante la tarea tanto de estar de acuerdo con nosotros mismos como de mantenernos de acuerdo con otros. No existe ninguna fuerza de la naturaleza que pueda lograr eso en nuestro lugar» (Gadamer, 2002, p. 88).”
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