Tag: Hans-Georg Gadamer

Blogging through Truth and Method post 6: The Questionableness of Romantic Hermeneutics (173-218)

  In this section, Gadamer attempts to undermine Romantic hermeneutics; to do so, he will retrace Wilhelm Dilthey’s steps with different goals than the ones that Dilthey had.   Hermeneutics develops in two parallel tracks: theological and philological. Both of them conceive of their work as “a rediscovery of something that was not absolutely unknown,…

Blogging through Truth and Method post 5: Aesthetic and Hermeneutic Consequences (134-169)

When Michial and I read Being and Time back in 2009, the best thing about that book was that, through careful phenomenological examination, Heidegger gave me occasion to think carefully about the everyday, the acts that I undertake unreflectively, and to try out some actual philosophical theories on them.  This section of Truth and Method…

Blogging through Truth and Method, post 4: Play as the Clue to Ontological Explanation (101-134)

Gadamer’s analysis of aesthetics will be oriented around the notion of play, but he wants to liberate the concept from the subjective bearing that it finds in the work of Kant and Schiller. Were we thinking subjectively, we would talk about play being a state of mind of the player herself; instead, Gadamer is interested…

Blogging through Truth and Method, post 3: Retrieving the Question of Artistic Truth (81-100)

Art has not always been a matter of “appearance” as opposed to the sciences’ “reality” or a matter of the “timeless” in any uncomplicated sense.  This section of Truth and Method is a history not of the artifacts that we usually associate with museums but with the ideas that make museums, in their modern sense,…

Blogging Through Truth and Method, Post 2: The Subjectivization of Aesthetics (42-81)

In the last few pages of the previous section, Gadamer dismissed the relegation of taste to the realm of aesthetics; in this section, he is going to critique two major schools of aesthetics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and hint at his own vision for the field moving forward. Kantian Aesthetics  Kant’s major aesthetic…

Blogging Through Truth and Method post 1: Introduction and the Humanist Tradition (1-42)

Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, Second Revised Edition Certain writers linger at the borders of certain disciplines, and I always feel somewhat bad for neglecting them.  Thus in 2009 Michial and I read through Heidegger’s Being and Time, and in the summer of 2012 I finally took on Kenneth Burke’s Grammar of Motives and Rhetoric…