Hans-Georg Gadamer

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223176
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235155 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Hans-Georg Gadamer

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Hans-Georg Gadamer's approach to hermeneutics reflects his initial experiences with the study of language as a young philologist in Marburg. It was at that point that he had the opportunity to recognize the vital importance of literary genre itself, especially when people are trying to correctly understand the produce of such a genre. To expect that controversial questions in philosophy could be settled by appealing to such a genre seemed quite erroneous to him. From his early observations, he learned to attend more fully to the addressees of philosophical texts—those for whom the writer writes. He thus encountered the twofold hermeneutic problem: how people make themselves understood to others through language and how people have to deal with writing to avoid misunderstanding, misuse, and distortion.

Keywords: Hans-Georg Gadamer; hermeneutics; language; literary genre; hermeneutic problem; writing

Chapter.  10232 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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