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Jeff Malpas / Ulrich Arnswald / Jens Kertscher (eds.)

Gadamer's Century — Essays in Honor of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Contributions by Hans Albert, Alasdair MacIntyre, John McDowell, Robert B. Pippin, Paul Ricœur, Charles Taylor, Gianni Vattimo a.o.
February 2002    ISBN 0-262-63247-0   6 x 9, 377 pp.


Gadamers Century

Philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer has made major contributions to aesthetic theory, Plato and Hegel studies, humanistic studies, and the philosophy of history. A student of Martin Heidegger, Gadamer took up and developed a number of central Heideggerian insights. He also had productive public debates with contemporaries such as Emilio Betti and Jürgen Habermas. The shape of contemporary hermeneutics is due almost entirely to Gadamer’s influence, and his magnum opus, Truth and Method, is considered one of the great philosophical works of the twentieth century.

This book is dedicated to Gadamer in honor of his hundredth birthday, in 2000. The essays provide a measure of the classical character of Gadamer’s work by showing the breadth of engagement his ideas have provoked. As in Gadamer’s own life and work, dialogue and conversation figure as important themes in all of the essays. While they encompass a diversity of philosophical perspectives, interests, and styles, the essays also suggest the ever-present possibility of dialogue across language and tradition and of the formation of new modes of discourse and philosophizing.

Table of Contents:

Lawrence K. Schmidt: Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biographical Sketch

Hans Albert: Critical Rationalism and Universal Hermeneutics

Ulrich Arnswald: On the Certainty of Uncertainty: Language Games and Forms of Life in Gadamer and Wittgenstein

Gerald Bruns: The Hermeneutical Anarchist: Phronesis, Rhetoric, and the Experience of Art

John M. Connolly: Applicatio and Explicatio in Gadamer and Eckhart

Jay L. Garfield: Philosophy, Religion, and the Hermeneutic Imperative

Robert C. Holub: Understanding Perspectivism: Nietzsche’s Dialogue with His Contemporaries

Jens Kertscher: “We Understand Differently, If We Understand at All”: Gadamer’s Ontology of Language Reconsidered

Alasdair MacIntyre: On Not Having the Last Word: Thoughts on Our Debts to Gadamer

John McDowell: Gadamer and Davidson on Understanding and Relativism

Jeff Malpas: Gadamer, Davidson, and the Ground of Understanding

Robert B. Pippin: Gadamer’s Hegel

Paul Ricoeur: Temporal Distance and Death in History

Stanley Rosen: Are We Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On? Against Reductionism

Charles Taylor: Understanding the Other: A Gadamerian View on Conceptual Schemes

Gianni Vattimo: Gadamer and the Problem of Ontology

Georgia Warnke: Social Identity as Interpretation

About the Editors:

Jeff Malpas is Professor and Head of the School of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania. He is coeditor of Heidegger, Authenticity and Modernity (MIT Press, 2000) and Heidegger, Coping, and Cognitive Science (MIT Press, 2000). Ulrich Arnswald teaches at the International University in Germany and is the founding Director of the european institute for international affairs. Jens Kertscher teaches at the Technical University of Darmstadt, and is member of the board of directors of the Institut fuer Kulturforschung in Heidelberg.

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