Hermeneutics, as a discipline of the humanities, is often assumed to be in thrall to the same subjectivity of every interpretive method, in direct contrast to the objectivity prized by the natural sciences. This book argues that there is a false dichotomy here, and that ancient and modern ideas of knowledge can be utilized to create a new active form of hermeneutics. One capable of creating a standard by which to judge better and worse models of understanding.
This book explores decisive aspects over which the future of hermeneutics—a future inexplicably tied to a history of hermeneutics—will continue to struggle, namely the limits and possibilities of situated human understanding. This book is located in the middle of a number of major, converging discussions within contemporary intellectual discourse. Drawing upon a wide range of ancient and modern hermeneutical thought, including Aristotle, Bernstein, Heidegger, Kant, and Gadamer, the result is a hermeneutical approach that pushes beyond the traditional limits of human understanding.
This is a bold attempt to move hermeneutics into a new phase. As such, it will be of significant interest to scholars and academics working in General Hermeneutics, Theology, and the Philosophy of Religion.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Another Volume on Hermeneutics and Why This One is Different
1 Objectivity and the Legacy of Epistemic-Foundationalism
2 Ancient Wisdom and the Self-Understanding of Philosophical Hermeneutics
3 The Active Hermeneutical Horizon
4 Transcendence and the Kenotic Person
Stanley E. Porter is President, Dean, and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Canada. His many other books include Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament, and, as co-author, Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory.
Jason C. Robinson is a faculty member at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He has written in many areas including philosophy of education, philosophy of science, ethics, theology, and hermeneutics, including co-authoring Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory.