Gadamer truth and method pdf
Gadamer & Hermeneutics Truth and Method Lecture 1/4 Kant's Aesthetics, Interpretation, Philosophy
Gadamer draws heavily on the ideas of Romantic hermeneuticists such as Friedrich Schleiermacher and the work of later hermeneuticists such as Wilhelm Dilthey. He rejects as unachievable the goal of objectivity, and instead suggests that meaning is created through intersubjective communication. The logical self-reflection that accompanied the development of the human sciences in the nineteenth century is wholly governed by the model of the natural sciences. A glance at the history of the word Geisteswissenschaft shows this, although only in its plural form does this word acquire the meaning familiar to us. In this respect Mill stands in an English tradition of which Hume has given the most effective formulation in the introduction to his Treatise.
With the rise of methodical historical scholarship in the nineteenth century the problems of ' reconstructing ' past ages, epochs, periods, of obtaining 'objective' historical knowledge, also became part of the general hermeneutical problematic. However, on the level of self-reflection, the so-called human sciences Geisteswissenschaften were unsure just what kinds of things they were, for, unlike the empirical natural sciences that had been subjected to rigorous analysis by Kant, they apparently did not, and could not, utilize the procedures and categorial apparatus of the empirical natural sciences themselves. Kant was aware of this, but his treatment of the problems was never really accepted as constituting a satisfactory framework for their self-understanding. Ranke and Droysen devoted themselves to methodological reflections as well as to empirical historical research as they tried to delineate the essential contours of historical knowledge. Dilthey followed in their wake and characterized his own project by an explicit parallel between his projected critique of historical reason and the Kantian critique of pure scientific reason. His was the first attempt to raise the human sciences to a universal methodological consciousness of themselves and to situate them, precisely and in depth, over against those modes of knowing proper to the investigation of inanimate nature.
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The book had a transformative effect on many fields, including political theory. It offers a persuasive hermeneutic theory of what the obstacles to and possibilities for textual interpretation actually are and thus forms an account of the proper practice of political theory that is superior to the rival claims of historicism, Straussianism, or post-modernism. Simultaneously, it offers an account of the relationship of individuals to language-communities that recognizes their significance for cultures and persons without reifying their moral or political value. Keywords: Gadamer , hermeneutics , language , ontology , prejudice , horizon , life-world , dialogue , interpretation , communitarianism. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase.