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Hermeneutics concerns itself with the theory of understanding and the interpretation of language. Lawrence Schmidt provides an introduction to modern hermeneutics through a systematic examination of the ideas of its key philosophical proponents - Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger, and Gadamer. Understanding Hermeneutics begins with the ideas of the Protestant theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, who argues that misunderstanding is always possible so we must always employ interpretation if we are to understand correctly. Schmidt then explores the ideas of Wilhelm Dilthey, who maintains that understanding in the humanities is fundamentally different from explanation in the natural sciences, and those of Martin Heidegger, who radicalizes hermeneutics by shifting its focus from interpreting texts to an existential interpretation of human being. He also examines Hans-George Gadamer's recent ideas in relation to the structures of hermeneutic experience and the supremacy of the natural sciences as models for truth. The final chapters consider some of the criticisms and controversies surrounding hermeneutics, including work by Habermas, Hirsch, Ricoeur, and Derrida.
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Abbreviations and references
Introduction: what is hermeneutics?
Schleiermacher's universal hermeneutics
Dilthey's hermeneutic understanding
Heidegger's hermeneutic ontology
Hermeneutics in the later Heidegger
Gadamer's theory of hermeneutic experience
Gadamer's ontological turn towards language
Questions for discussion and revision
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