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Hans-Georg Gadamer's Hermeneutic Humanism

Jens Zimmermann

in Humanism and Religion

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697755
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697755.003.0007
Hans-Georg Gadamer's Hermeneutic Humanism

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Gadamer's hermeneutic philosophy is presented as a more incarnational approach to human existence that draws explicitly from Christian theology to emphasize the linguistic, historical, tradition-dependent and thus hermeneutical quality of human knowledge. Gadamer's defense of humanism and the humanities on the basis of a hermeneutic epistemology is a central pillar for the recovery of humanism in this book, because he advances a plausible, post-metaphysical legitimation for an intelligible world and a common humanity as the ‘conversation that we are’ as human beings. Gadamer's emphasis on a common logos by which cultures and languages are translatable one into another, together with his insistence on our need for aesthetics constitutes an attempt to restore a participatory ontology by linking mind and being that goes a long way to constructing a modern, humanistic ethos across cultural and religious divides.

Keywords: hermeneutics; language; ontology; art; understanding; self-knowledge; tradition; humanism; epistemology; metaphysics; Blumenberg

Chapter.  19424 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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