By Karl Simms
Routledge – 2013 – 144 pages
Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers
Hans-Georg Gadamer’s theory of hermeneutics is one of the most important modern theories of reading, offering both a framework for understanding the practice and a method for its interpretation. In this clear and comprehensive guide to Gadamer’s thought, Karl Simms:
With a significance that crosses disciplinary boundaries from literary theory and philosophy through to cultural studies and media, Gadamer’s pioneering work on hermeneutic theory remains of crucial importance to the study of texts in the humanities.
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
Karl Simms is Senior Lecturer English at the University of Liverpool, where he is Director of the English-Philosophy Joint Programme. He was editor of the journal Language and Discourse 1993-97, and is editor of the books Ethics and the Subject (1997), Language and the Subject (1997), and Translating Sensitive Texts: Linguistic Aspects (1997). He is the author of Paul Ricoeur (2003), Ricoeur and Lacan (2007), and numerous articles in phenomenology and phenomenological approaches to literature and culture. He is a regular reviewer for the journal Philosophy in Review.