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Peregrination, Hermeneutics, Hospitality: On the Way to a Theologically Informed General Hermeneutics

Scott Huelin

in Literature and Theology

Volume 22, issue 2, pages 223-236
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frm054
Peregrination, Hermeneutics, Hospitality: On the Way to a Theologically Informed General Hermeneutics

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The recent and laudable revival of ethical criticism, both in its neo-humanist and postmodern forms, leads inexorably to either elitist exclusivism or uncritical relativism. We are, at present, lacking an account of general hermeneutics that can transcend this divide, one that takes seriously the dangers involved in opening oneself to the other while also maintaining the intellectual and moral necessity of hospitality to strangers. An analysis of this problem points, via St Augustine, to the possibility of a theologically informed hermeneutics of hospitality, and the essay goes on to limn the contours, in theory and practice, of such a hermeneutic.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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