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Hermeneutics as a … Foundationalism?

  • Chris Tucker (a1)

It is commonly assumed, at least by continental philosophers, that epistemological hermeneutics and foundationalism are incompatible. I argue that this assumption is mistaken. If I am correct, the analytic and continental traditions may be closer than is commonly supposed. Hermeneutics, as I will argue, is a descriptive claim about human cognition, and foundationalism is a normative claim about how beliefs ought to be related to one another. Once the positions are stated in this way, their putative incompatibility vanishes. Also, to inspire further research I include an appendix which contains an unfinished prototype of a hermeneutic foundationalism.

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Alvin I. Goldman 1999 Knowledge in a Social World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

David Novitz 2000Interpretation and Justification.” Metaphilosophy, 31: 424.

Tom Rockmore 1990Epistemology as Hermeneutics: Antifoundationalist Relativism.” Monist, 73: 115–33.

Tom Rockmore 2000Interpretation as Historical, Constructivism, and History.” Metaphilosophy, 31: 185–89.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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