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Local Reality and Interpretation

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.003.0003
Local Reality and Interpretation

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This chapter begins with an account of the reality of questions in a community of inquirers. It evaluates this account on the basis of presupposition, relevance, communal acknowledgement, and evidential considerations. It follows with a discussion on the relations between local reality and the understanding of the questions by exploring the notions of reality and intelligibility. The chapter concludes with general reflections upon historical analysis, and explores the similarities between Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method and this chapter's angle of the interpretative understanding of past works. The two essential components of Gadamer's interpretation are his two theses: the ‘enabling power of prejudice’ and ‘fusion of horizons’.

Keywords: presupposition; relevance; evidential considerations; Gadamer; Truth and Method; fusion of horizons; power of prejudice; intelligibility

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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