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The Gadamerian Mind

ISBN 9780367194628
Published August 25, 2021 by Routledge
580 Pages

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Book Description

Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900–2002) is one of the most important philosophers of the post-1945 era. His name has become all but synonymous with the philosophical study of hermeneutics, the field concerned with theories of understanding and interpretation and laid out in his landmark book Truth and Method. Influential not only within continental philosophy, Gadamer’s thought has also made significant contributions to related fields such as religion, literary theory, and education.

The Gadamerian Mind is a major survey of the fundamental aspects of Gadamer’s thought, with contributions from leading scholars of Gadamer and hermeneutics from around the world. 38 chapters are divided into six clear parts:

  • Overviews
  • Key concepts
  • Historical influences
  • Contemporary encounters
  • Beyond philosophy
  • Legacies and questions.

Although Gadamer’s work addresses a remarkable range of topics, careful consideration is given throughout the volume to consistent concerns that orient his thought. Important in this respect is his relation to philosophers in the Western tradition, from Plato to Heidegger.

An indispensable resource for anyone studying and researching Gadamer, hermeneutics, and the history of twentieth-century philosophy, The Gadamerian Mind will also be of interest to those in related disciplines such as religion, literature, political theory, and education.

Table of Contents

Introduction Theodore George and Gert-Jan van der Heiden

Part 1: Overviews

1. Gadamer’s Century: Life, Times, and Works Jens Zimmermann

2. The Universality of Hermeneutic Understanding: The Strong, Somewhat Metaphysical Conclusion of Truth and Method Jean Grondin

3. Gadamer, Humanism, and the Humanities Dennis J. Schmidt

4. The Poetic Word, Art, and the Arts James Risser

5. Dialogue, Dialectic and Conversation Nicholas Davey

6. Gadamer on Solidarity Georgia Warnke

Part 2: Key Concepts

7. Truth Gaetano Chiurazzi

8. Experience Lawrence K. Schmidt

9. Gadamer on Tradition David Vessey

10. Gadamer’s Concept of Language Carolyn Culbertson

11. Gadamer on Play and the Play of Art Cynthia R. Nielsen

12. Gadamer on the Politics of Translation Theodore George

13. Image (Picture) Günter Figal

14. Gadamer and Health Kevin Aho

Part 3: Historical Influences

15. Gadamer and Plato: An Unending Dialogue Francisco J. Gonzalez

16. The Role of Aristotle in Gadamer’s Work Carlo DaVia

17. Gadamer’s Kant Robert J. Dostal

18. Hegel’s Truth and Gadamer’s Method Daniel O. Dahlstrom

19. Gadamer, Dilthey, and the Aporias of Historical Enlightenment Eric S. Nelson

20. Gadamer’s Heidegger: On Language and Metaphysics Niall Keane

Part 4: Contemporary Encounters

21. Ricoeur and Gadamer Timo Helenius

22. Dialogue on Dialogue: Gadamer and Habermas Hans-Herbert Kögler

23. Gadamer and Derrida Eddo Evink

24. Poem, Dialogue and Witness: Gadamer’s Reading of Paul Celan Gert-Jan van der Heiden

25. Gianni Vattimo’s Encounter with Gadamer: Hermeneutic Ontology from Dialogue to Conflict Silvia Benso

Part 5: Beyond Philosophy

26. Gadamer and Theology Mirela Oliva

27. Gadamer and Jurisprudence Francis J. Mootz III

28. Hermeneutic Practice: What Gadamer Has to Teach Nursing Nancy Moules

29. Gadamer’s Critique of Historicism Anders Odenstedt

30. The Paradigmatic Interpenetration of Hermeneutics and Rhetoric John Arthos

31. Gadamer’s Contribution to Political Theory Darren Walhof

Part 6: Legacies and Questions

32. Gadamer and the Postmodern Mind John D. Caputo

33. Gadamer in Anglo-America Greg Lynch

34. From the Hermeneutics of Historically Effected Consciousness to Concrete Cosmological Understanding Alejandro A. Vallega

35. Gadamer and Feminism Catherine Homan

36. Gadamer and Race Theory Tina Fernandes Botts

37. On Eurocentrism: The Reception of Gadamer’s Hermeneutics in or related to Chinese Philosophy Kathleen Wright

38. The Ontology of the Work of Art and the Universality of Hermeneutics Reconsidered: Gadamer and New Realism Markus Gabriel


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Theodore George is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, USA. His research and teaching interests are in contemporary hermeneutics, contemporary continental ethics, and in German philosophy since Kant. His publications include Tragedies of Spirit: Tracing Finitude in Hegel’s Phenomenology (2007), The Responsibility to Understand: Hermeneutical Contours of Ethical Life (2020), and numerous articles and book chapters in his areas of interest. He is also translator of Günter Figal, Objectivity: the Hermeneutical and Philosophy, and serves as Editor of Epoché: a journal for the history of philosophy.

Gert-Jan van der Heiden is Professor of Metaphysics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is the author of The Voice of Misery: A Continental Philosophy of Testimony (2020), Ontology after Ontotheology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy (2014), and The Truth (and Untruth) of Language: Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida on Disclosure and Displacement (2010). He (co-)edited Continental Perspectives on Community: Human Coexistence from Unity to Plurality (Routledge, 2020), Saint Paul and Philosophy: The Consonance of Ancient and Modern Thought (2017), Phenomenological Perspectives on Plurality (2014) and Investigating Subjectivity: Classical and New Perspectives (2012).