Hermeneutics can loosely be defined as the theory or philosophy of the interpretation of menaing. It is a central topic in the philosophy of the social sciences, the philosophy of art and language and in literary criticism. This book, first published in 1980, gives a detailed overview and analysis of the main strands of contemporary hermeneutical thought. It includes a number of readings in order to give the reader a first-hand acquaintance with the subjects and the debates within it.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Hermeneutical Theory 1. The Rise of the Classical Hermeneutics 2. Betti’s Hermeneutical Theory Reading 1. Emilio Betti: Hermeneutics as the General Methodology of the Geisteswissenscaften Part 2. Hermeneutic Philosophy 3. Heidegger’s Existential-Ontological Hermeneutic 4. Bultmann’s Theological Hermeneutic 5. Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutic 6. Conclusions: Hermeneutic Philosophy and Hermeneutical Theory Reading 2. Hans-Georg Gadamer: The Universality of the Hermeneutical Problem Part 3. Critical Hermeneutics 7. Apel: Critical Hermeneutics in the Form of an Anthropology of Knowledge 8. Habermas’s Programme of a Dialectical-Hermeneutical Social Science 9. Materialist Hermeneutics 10. Conclusions: Hermeneutics and Marxism Reading 3. Jürgen Habermas: The Hermeneutic Claim to Universality Part 4. Summary and New Perspectives 11. Ricoeur’s Phenomenological Hermeneutic 12. Ricoeur’s Theory of Interpretation 13. Conclusions: Ricoeur and the Hermeneutic Dispute Reading 4. Paul Ricoeur: Existence and Hermeneutics