A Companion to Hermeneutics is a collection of original essays from leading international scholars that provide a definitive historical and critical compendium of philosophical hermeneutics.
Offers a definitive historical, systematic, and critical compendium of hermeneutics
Represents state-of-the-art thinking on the major themes, topics, concepts and figures of the hermeneutic tradition in philosophy and those who have influenced hermeneutic thought, including Kant, Hegel, Schleiermacher Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, Foucault, Habermas, and Rorty
Explores the art and theory of interpretation as it intersects with a number of philosophical and inter-disciplinary areas, including humanism, theology, literature, politics, education and law
Features contributions from an international cast of leading and upcoming scholars, who offer historically informed, philosophically comprehensive, and critically astute contributions in their individual fields of expertise
Written to be accessible to interested non-specialists, as well asprofessional philosophers
Niall Keane is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Head of Department, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. Chris Lawn is Lecturer in Philosophy at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Notes on Contributors x Introduction 1 Niall Keane and Chris Lawn Part I Hermeneutics and the History of Philosophy 9 1 The History of Hermeneutics 11 Eileen Brennan 2 Hermeneutics and the Ancient Philosophical Legacy: HermYneia and PhronYsis 22 Jussi Backman 3 Medieval Hermeneutics 34 David Vessey 4 Hermeneutics and Modern Philosophy: The Art of Understanding 45 Andrew Bowie 5 Gadamer and German Idealism 54 Theodore George Part II Themes and Topics 63 6 Hermeneutics and Ethical Life: On the Return to Factical Life 65 Dennis J. Schmidt 7 Hermeneutics and Politics 72 Bruce Krajewski 8 Religion 77 Felix O Murchadha 9 Method 86 Inga Roemer 10 Truth 96 Kristin Gjesdal 11 Historicity and Temporality 105 Brian Rogers 12 Memory 114 Hans Ruin 13 Language and Alterity 122 James Risser 14 Identity, History, Tradition 130 Charles Guignon 15 Recognition and Freedom 144 David Espinet and Matthias Flatscher 16 Aesthetics and Perception 155 Gunter Figal 17 Hermeneutics and Ontology 162 Istvan M. Feher 18 Narrative 172 Robert Piercey 19 Rationality, Knowledge, and Relativism 180 Paul Fairfield 20 Finitude 188 Thomas Schwarz Wentzer 21 Authority 197 Robert J. Dostal 22 Subjectivity and Hermeneutics 205 John Russon 23 Biblical Hermeneutics 212 Jens Zimmermann Part III Key Concepts 227 24 Understanding 229 Donatella Di Cesare 25 Interpretation, Judgment, and Critique 236 Rudolf A. Makkreel 26 Word, Image, and Concept 242 Nicholas Davey 27 Horizonality 248 Thomas J. Nenon 28 Application and Praxis 253 Lawrence K. Schmidt 29 Dialectic 259 Thomas Schwarz Wentzer 30 Play 265 Tony O Connor 31 Sense and Meaning: From Aristotle to Heidegger 270 Thomas Sheehan 32 Prejudice and Pre (c)\Understanding 280 Istvan M. Feher 33 On the Manifold Senses of Mimesis: From Plato to Gadamer and Beyond 289 John Sallis 34 The Hermeneutical Circle 299 Jean Grondin 35 Metaphor and Symbol 306 Karl Simms 36 Dialogue, Goodwill, and Community 312 David Vessey 37 Textuality 320 Karl Simms 38 Lived Experience: Erlebnis and Erfahrung 326 Nicholas Davey Part IV Major Figures 333 39 Martin Luther 335 Jens Zimmermann 40 August Boeckh 342 Robert J. Dostal 41 Immanuel Kant 348 Rudolf A. Makkreel 42 G. W. F. Hegel 354 John Russon 43 F. D. E. Schleiermacher 360 Jens Zimmermann 44 Friedrich Nietzsche 366 Babette E. Babich 45 Wilhelm Dilthey 378 Rudolf A. Makkreel 46 Edmund Husserl 383 Pol Vandevelde 47 Martin Heidegger 389 Cristina Lafont 48 Hans (c)\Georg Gadamer 397 Jean Grondin 49 Mircea Eliade: Structural Hermeneutics and Philosophy 404 David M. Rasmussen 50 Paul Ricoeur 412 Robert Piercey 51 E. D. Hirsch 417 Robert J. Dostal 52 Michel Foucault 423 Tony O Connor 53 Gianni Vattimo 429 Nicholas Davey 54 Karl (c)\Otto Apel 435 Pol Vandevelde 55 Jurgen Habermas 440 Cristina Lafont 56 Richard Rorty 446 Robert Piercey 57 Gunter Figal 451 Morten Sorensen Thaning Part V Philosophical Intersections and Encounters 459 58 Hermeneutics and Phenomenology 461 Eileen Brennan 59 Hermeneutics and Deconstruction 471 Donatella Di Cesare 60 Hermeneutics, Politics, and Philosophy 481 Roberto Alejandro 61 Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science: Interpreting Nature, Reading Laboratory Science 492 Babette E. Babich 62 Hermeneutics and Pragmatism 505 David Vessey 63 Hermeneutics and Education 513 Paul Fairfield 64 Hermeneutics and Critical Theory 520 Margherita Tonon 65 Hermeneutics and Theology 530 John Panteleimon Manoussakis 66 Hermeneutics and Rhetoric 539 Bruce Krajewski 67 Hermeneutics: Literature and Being 548 Rod Coltman 68 Hermeneutics and Feminist Philosophy 557 Sara Heinamaa 69 Hermeneutics and the Analytic Continental Divide 573 Sara Heinamaa 70 Hermeneutics and Humanism 585 Istvan M. Feher 71 Hermeneutics and Law 595 Francis J. Mootz III Index 604