Positive Postmodernism As Radical 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

Positive Postmodernism As Radical             Hermeneutics

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This chapter argues that the hermeneutics Gadamer develops out of the early Heidegger is just as radically postmodern as the deconstruction Derrida develops out of the late Heidegger. It claims that in relation to modernity Gadamer and Derrida offer a measure of hermeneutical radicality, that Ricoeur and Foucault offer a more radical hermeneutics, and that Kierkegaard and Nietzsche offer a still more radical hermeneutics. It also suggests a more penetrating analysis of the failure of the Enlightenment project and its Romantic and Hegelian alternatives.

Keywords: Gadamer; Kierkegaard; hermeneutical radicality; Ricoeur; Foucault; positive postmodernism

Chapter.  7144 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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