Hermeneutics As Epistemology

Merold Westphal

in Overcoming Onto-Theology

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221301
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235483 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Hermeneutics As Epistemology

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This chapter expounds on what is called the hermeneutics of finitude in Being and Time. In Being and Time the crucial move is what people now call the hermeneutical turn. Against the claims that human understanding can be pure reason, the mirror of nature, the voice of being itself, the hermeneutical turn is a radical analysis of the finitude of human thought. Lastly, the chapter suggests that even if some hermeneutical turns are sharper, and more radical, than others, one should not lose sight of the common ground that unites the hermeneutical traditions as an alternative to those epistemologies that seek to locate knowledge in some Alpha or Omega point beyond interpretation.

Keywords: Being and Time; hermeneutical turn; epistemology; finitude; pure reason

Chapter.  10563 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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