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Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences
Essays on Language, Action and Interpretation

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Charles Taylor
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  • Date Published: August 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316508206

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  • Collected and translated by John B. Thompson, this collection of essays by Paul Ricoeur includes many that had never appeared in English before the volume's publication in 1981. As comprehensive as it is illuminating, this lucid introduction to Ricoeur's prolific contributions to sociological theory features his more recent writings on the history of hermeneutics, its central themes and issues, his own constructive position and its implications for sociology, psychoanalysis and history. Presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface written by Charles Taylor, illuminating its enduring importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this classic work has been revived for a new generation of readers.

    • Unique to Cambridge, this classic book has been revived and rebranded for a twenty-first-century readership
    • Features essays by Paul Ricoeur that were previously unavailable in the English language
    • Offers a comprehensive introduction to Ricoeur's prolific contributions to sociological theory
    • Features a specially commissioned preface written by Charles Taylor
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    '[Ricoeur] does capture a quite crucial point of Peirce’s concept of interpretation: its ‘synechistic’ nature, namely the continuous, non-extrinsic character of the relationship between (to use Ricoeur’s terminology) ‘tradition’ - what a text or other forms of discourse signify (tradit) - and ‘interpretation’ - what it evokes in the mind of the interpreter.' Francesco Poggiani , Phenomenological Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316508206
    • length: 313 pages
    • copublisher: Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to this edition Charles Taylor
    Editor's introduction
    Notes on editing and translating
    A response Paul Ricoeur
    Part I. Studies in the History of Hermeneutics:
    1. The task of hermeneutics
    2. Hermeneutics and the critique of ideology
    3. Phenomenology and hermeneutics
    Part II. Studies in the Theory of Interpretation:
    4. The hermeneutical function of distanciation
    5. What is a text? Explanation and understanding
    6. Metaphor and the central problem of hermeneutics
    7. Appropriation
    Part III. Studies in the Philosophy of Social Science:
    8. The model of the text: meaningful action considered as a text
    9. Science and ideology
    10. The question of proof in Freud's psychoanalytic writings
    11. The narrative function
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Paul Ricoeur
    Paul Ricoeur (1913–2005) was one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century, most famous for his methodological approach of combining hermeneutics and phenomenology.

    Editor and Translator

    John B. Thompson
    John B. Thompson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He has written extensively on contemporary social and political theory and his most recent publications include Merchants of Culture (2010) and Books in the Digital Age (2005).


    Charles Taylor

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