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The Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics

1st Edition

Edited by Jeff Malpas, Hans-Helmuth Gander


754 pages

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Hermeneutics is a major theoretical and practical form of intellectual enquiry, central not only to philosophy but many other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. With phenomenology and existentialism, it is also one of the twentieth century’s most important philosophical movements and includes major thinkers such as Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricoeur. The Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics is an outstanding guide and reference source to the key philosophers, topics and themes in this exciting subject and is the first volume of its kind.

Comprising over fifty chapters by a team of international contributors the Companion is divided into five parts:

  • main figures in the hermeneutical tradition movement, including Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricoeur
  • main topics in hermeneutics such as language, truth, relativism and history
  • the engagement of hermeneutics with central disciplines such as literature, religion, race and gender, and art
  • hermeneutics and world philosophies including Asian, Islamic and Judaic thought
  • hermeneutic challenges and debates, such as critical theory, structuralism and phenomenology.


Quite possibly the single most comprehensive treatment of philosophical hermeneutics available in English, this volume includes contributions by a diverse body of international scholars on nearly every aspect, figure, and historical period of this multifaceted tradition. … [T] his useful volume - with its incredibly ambitious vision - is impressive in terms of both scope and depth. Summing Up: Highly recommended."- CHOICE

"Malpas and Gander have assembled an outstanding array of essays on hermeneutics by the leading theorists and practitioners of our day. Breathtaking in scope and depth, these essays situate hermeneutics at the center of ongoing dialogue between disciplines and traditions, and introduce readers to thinkers, topics, and debates without sacrificing the rigour of genuine philosophical thinking. I believe that this collection will come to be seen as the very best companion to hermeneutical thinking for our generation." - Charles Bambach, University of Texas-Dallas, USA

"This Companion is impressive in scope and unique in the diversity of the perspectives represented in it. Thanks to the high quality of the individual chapters and its inclusive view of the field, the volume should become the standard reference work on philosophically oriented hermeneutics." - Steven Crowell, Rice University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hermeneutics and Philosophy Jeff Malpas Part 1: Hermeneutic Origins 1. Hermeneutics in Greek Philosophy Francisco Gonzalez 2. Hermeneutics in Medieval Thought Mauricio Beachot Part 2: Hermeneutic Thinkers 3. Spinoza and Vico: A New Science of Interpretation Leonardo Amoroso 4. Chladenius, Meier, Wolf: Enlightenment and Hermeneutics Frederick Beiser 5. Ast and Schleiermacher: Hermeneutics and Critical Philosophy Günter Scholtz 6. Dilthey: Hermeneutics and Neo-Kantianism Rudolf Makkreel 7. Nietzsche: The Ubiquity of Interpretation Babette Babich 8. Barth and Bultmann: Theology and Hermeneutics John Wilson 9. Heidegger: Hermeneutics as Ontology Ingo Farin 10. Strauss: Hermeneutics or Esotericism? Catherine H. Zuckert and Michael Zuckert 11. Gadamer: The Universality of Hermeneutics Hans-Helmuth Gander 12. Riceour: The Long Way of Hermeneutics Jean Grondin 13. Lonergan: Understanding and Belief Frederick Lawrence 14. Pareyson and Vattimo: From Truth to Nihilism Gaetano Chiuruzzi 15. Collingwood and Oakeshott: History and Idealism Giuseppina D'Oro 16. Macintyre and Taylor: Traditions, Rationality, and the Modern Predicament Arto Laitinen 17. Davidson and Rorty: Triangulation and Anti-Foundationalism Bjorn Ramberg 18. Brandom and McDowell: Hermeneutics and Normativity Glenda Satne Part 3: Hermeneutic Questions 19. Rationality and Method Ambrosio Velasco Gómez 20. Being and Metaphysics Santiago Zabala 21. Language and Logic Daniel Dahlstrom 22. Truth and Relativism Paul Healy 23. History and Historicity Kristin Gjesdal 24. Ethics and Community Hans-Herbert Kögler 25. Politics and Critique Michael Marder 26. Dialogue and Conversation James Risser 27. Text and Translation Dennis Schmidt 28. Place and Situation Jeff Malpas 29. Meaning and Symbol William Franke 30. Life and World Eric Sean Nelson 31. Nature and Environment Brian Treanor 32. Self and Narrative Shaun Gallagher Part 4: Hermeneutic Engagements 33. Hermeneutics, Epistemology, and Science F.B. D'Agostino 34. Hermeneutics and Literature Andrew Bowie 35. Hermeneutics, Religion, and God Jean Greisch 36. Hermeneutics, Jurisprudence and Law Ralph Poscher 37. Hermeneutics and Rhetoric John Arthos 38. Hermeneutics and Intercultural Understanding Bruce Janz 39. Hermeneutics and the Social Sciences William Outhwaite 40. Hermeneutics, Race and Gender Tina Fernandes Botts 41. Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, and the Arts Beata Sirowy 42. Hermeneutics and Education Paul Fairfield 43. Hermeneutics, Health and Medicine Fredrik Svenaeus 44. Hermeneutics, Architecture and Design Richard Coyne Part 5: Hermeneutic Challenges and Dialogues 45. Hermeneutics and Phenomenology Robert Dostal 46. Hermeneutics and Deconstruction Donatella di Cesare 47. Hermeneutics and Critical Theory Nicholas Smith 48. Hermeneutics and Pragmatism Endre Begby 49. Hermeneutics and Psychoanalysis Philippe Cabestan 50. Hermeneutics and Language Philosophy Lee Braver 51. Hermeneutics and Feminism Georgia Warnke 52. Hermeneutics, Structuralism, and Poststructuralism Nicholas Davey 53. Hermeneutics and Confucianism Kathleen Wright 54. Hermeneutics and Judaic Thought Andrew Benjamin 55. Hermeneutics and Islamic Thought Ebrahim Moosa Conclusion: Contemporary Hermeneutics and its Future Gianni Vattimo. Index

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