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Truth and Method by Hans-Georg Gadamer
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May 02, 2008

really liked it
Read in May, 2000

I first read this book in 1999-2000, while Gadamer was still alive. Now, 8 years later I return to it and find myself more critical than I was 8 years ago. While I still like this book very much and want to read everything Gadamer has written, Truth and Method fails to cohere as well as I would like. The connection between part I on aesthetics and part II on history, while stimulating and bold, if not extremely well read, do not tie together as closely as they should. It is like taking two separate courses on two unrelated themes that could cohere, but as the book stands they barely hold together. What is really great about Gadamer, however, is that he writes in a clear way (unlike many other philosophers I can think of) and tries to embrace many opposing traditions, fusing them together so to speak. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, he wants his cake and to eat it too (that is, he wants Tradition and Truth and he wants at the same particularity and difference). Hans-Georg, I'm sorry but you cannot have both so easily!

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