Totality and Finitude in Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics

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

Totality and Finitude in             Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics

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This chapter examines how postmodern Schleiermacher is by giving a detailed analysis of his construal and then comparing it briefly with Derrida. It was in an essentially Kantian context that Schleiermacher developed a hermeneutical holism that, over against both Spinoza and Hegel, defined the finitude of human thought in terms of the impossibility of all totalizing strategies for attaining Truth as final and an equation between mind and world. The discussion suggests that Schleiermacher is not only a Kantian but also a Derridean.

Keywords: Schleiermacher; hermeneutical holism; Kantian context; Derrida

Chapter.  8863 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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