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Hermeneutics and Cross-Cultural Encounters

Fred Dallmayr

in Integral Pluralism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.003.0006
Hermeneutics and Cross-Cultural Encounters

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Hermeneutics has followed a complex trajectory and has undergone profound transformations in its history. It evolved over time until it came to coincide with human life experience. In its infancy, hermeneutics was basically a specialized art or method employed in the fields of theology, classical philology, and jurisprudence. A central parallel resides in the refusal to divorce thinking from doing, in the effort to link theory and praxis under the rubric of lived experience. In our time of globalization, when different societies and cultures are pushed closer and closer together, hermeneutical understanding is bound to transcend local contexts and acquire a cross-cultural or transnational significance.

Keywords: hermeneutics; infancy; philology; jurisprudence; praxis

Chapter.  7705 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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