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Hans-Georg Gadamer

By Karl Simms

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

Routledge – 2015 – 180 pages

Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

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Description

Hans-Georg Gadamer’s theory of hermeneutics is one of the most important modern theories of interpretation and understanding, and at its heart is the experience of reading literature. In this clear and comprehensive guide to Gadamer’s thought, Karl Simms:

  • presents an overview of Gadamer’s life and works, outlining his importance to hermeneutic theory and its place in literary studies
  • explains and puts into context his key ideas, including ‘dialogue’, ‘phronesis’, ‘play’, ‘tradition’, and ‘horizon’
  • shows how Gadamer’s ideas have been influential in the interpretation of literary texts
  • explains Gadamer’s debates with key contemporaries and successors, such as Habermas, Ricoeur and Derrida
  • provides detailed suggestions for further reading.

With a significance that crosses disciplinary boundaries from cultural studies, literary theory and philosophy through to history, music and fine arts, Gadamer’s pioneering work on hermeneutic theory remains of crucial importance to the study of texts in the humanities.

Contents

Why Gadamer? Key Ideas. 1. Hermeneutics in Theory: From Schleiermacher to Heidegger 2. The Greeks (1): Plato and Dialogue 3. The Greeks (2): Aristotle and Phronēsis 4. Situation and Horizon, Prejudice and Tradition, Language and Play 5. Hermeneutics in Practice: Reading Texts After Gadamer Further Reading

Author Bio

Karl Simms is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool, UK. His other books include the Routledge Critical Thinkers Paul Ricoeur.

Name: Hans-Georg Gadamer (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Karl SimmsSeries Editor: Robert Eaglestone. Hans-Georg Gadamer’s theory of hermeneutics is one of the most important modern theories of interpretation and understanding, and at its heart is the experience of reading literature. In this clear and comprehensive guide to Gadamer’s...
Categories: Literature, Literary/Critical Theory, Literature & Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Philosophy