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The Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics


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Christoph Bultmann, Dalia Nassar, Fred Rush, Paul Redding, John H. Zammito, Frederick C. Beiser, Paul Katsafanas, Sebastian Gardner, Benjamin Crowe, Georgia Warnke, Michael N. Forster, Kai Marchal, Jonathan Culler, Ralf Poscher, Kristin Gjesdal
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316638170

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  • Hermeneutics, the study of interpretation, is an essential and valuable branch of philosophy. Hermeneutics is also a central component of the methodology of the social sciences and the humanities, for example historiography, anthropology, art history, and literary criticism. In a sequence of accessible chapters, contributors across the human sciences explain the leading concepts and ideas of hermeneutics, the historical development of the field, the importance of hermeneutics in philosophy today, and the ways in which it can address contemporary concerns including intercultural relations, relations between subcultures within a single society, and relations across race and gender. Clearly structured and written in non-technical language, this Companion will be an important contribution to a growing field of study.

    • Introduces key terms and arguments in philosophical hermeneutics, the study of interpretation
    • Adopts historical and systematic approaches to the discipline, providing an overview of its development and of its central questions
    • Contains new insights from leading scholars across the human sciences, presenting up-to-date and wide-ranging discussions
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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316638170
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Hermeneutics and theology Christoph Bultmann
    2. Hermeneutics and nature Dalia Nassar
    3. Hermeneutics and romanticism Fred Rush
    4. Hermeneutics and German idealism Paul Redding
    5. Hermeneutics and history John H. Zammito
    6. Hermeneutics and positivism Frederick C. Beiser
    7. Hermeneutics: Nietzschean approaches Paul Katsafanas
    8. Hermeneutics and psychoanalysis Sebastian Gardner
    9. Hermeneutics and phenomenology Benjamin Crowe
    10. Hermeneutics and critical theory Georgia Warnke
    11. Hermeneutics: francophone approaches Michael N. Forster
    12. Hermeneutics: non-Western approaches Kai Marchal
    13. Hermeneutics and literature Jonathan Culler
    14. Hermeneutics and law Ralf Poscher
    15. Hermeneutics and the human sciences Kristin Gjesdal.

  • Editors

    Michael N. Forster, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    Michael N. Forster is Professor of Philosophy at University of Bonn. He has published numerous books including Herder: Philosophical Writings (Cambridge, 2002), After Herder (2010), and German Philosophy of Language from Schlegel to Hegel and Beyond (2011).

    Kristin Gjesdal, Temple University, Philadelphia
    Kristin Gjesdal is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, Philadelphia. Her recent books include Herder's Hermeneutics: History, Poetry, Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2017) and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives (2018).


    Christoph Bultmann, Dalia Nassar, Fred Rush, Paul Redding, John H. Zammito, Frederick C. Beiser, Paul Katsafanas, Sebastian Gardner, Benjamin Crowe, Georgia Warnke, Michael N. Forster, Kai Marchal, Jonathan Culler, Ralf Poscher, Kristin Gjesdal

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