Tag: Truth and Method

Blogging through Truth and Method post 14: Language as Horizon of a Hermeneutical Ontology (439-491)

As Gadamer brings Truth and Method to its finish, the qualification and critique of other systems of aesthetics and hermeneutics comes to a close and the book’s own positive project takes its shape.  Ultimately the truth of art, as the final chapter unfolds it, is a linguistic truth, the sort of thing whose own examination…

Blogging through Truth and Method post 13: The Development of the Concept of Language in the History of Western Thought (405-438)

You can generally count on me to look for the historical conditions that surround anything interesting, so Gadamer’s section of Truth and Method on the concept of language immediately pleased me, starting as it does with the ancient Greeks and tracing the ways that the concept “language” travels across ages.  Such investigations remind us that…

Blogging through Truth and Method post 11: Analysis of Historically Effected Consciousness (341-379)

The problem with which the previous section (307-341) of Truth and Method ends is truly compelling, if one breaks down the problem as a (simplified) syllogism: Hermeneutics, as a practice, involves the dialectic of interpreting the whole text in terms of any given part and interpreting any given part in light of the whole text.…

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 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…