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

ISBN-10: 0521280028
ISBN-13: 9780521280020
Edition: 1981
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Description: This is a collection in translation of essays by Paul Ricoeur which presents a comprehensive view of his philosophical hermeneutics, its relation to the views of his predecessors in the tradition and its consequences for the social sciences. The  More...

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List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/31/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

This is a collection in translation of essays by Paul Ricoeur which presents a comprehensive view of his philosophical hermeneutics, its relation to the views of his predecessors in the tradition and its consequences for the social sciences. The volume has three parts. The studies in the first part examine the history of hermeneutics, its central themes and the outstanding issues it has to confront. In Part II, Ricoeur's own current, constructive position is developed. A concept of the text is formulated as the implications of the theory are pursued into the domains of sociology, psychoanalysis and history. Many of the essays appear here in English for the first time; the editor's introduction brings out their background in Ricoeur's thought and the continuity of his concerns. The volume will be of great importance for those interested in hermeneutics and Ricoeur's contribution to it, and will demonstrate how much his approach offers to a number of disciplines.

Professor of philosophy at the University of Paris and the University of Chicago, Paul Ricoeur has been described as "possibly the only younger philosopher in Europe whose reputation is of the magnitude of that of the old men of Existentialism---Marcel, Jaspers, Heidegger and Sartre . . . ." His work has been characterized as "the most massive accomplishment of any philosopher of Christian faith since the appearance of Gabriel Marcel." A practitioner of the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl mediated by a return to Immanuel Kant---in that things in themselves, though unknowable, are not excluded by bracketing existence but are acknowledged as the necessary conditions for the possibility of human experience---Ricoeur has examined those parts of experience---faulty, fallible, and susceptible to error and evil---that other phenomenologists, interested primarily in the cognitional, have neglected. In this respect he follows in the footsteps of Heidegger and Sartre, but he goes beyond them in his discovery of principles transcending human subjectivity that are amenable to spiritual interpretation. Here Ricoeur steps within the contemporary hermeneutic circle of Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer, on whom he has written. Ricoeur's hermeneutical method, however, has much in common with the methods of biblical exegesis, and in this respect his works should be especially appealing to seminarians and the clergy.

Acknowledgements
EditorG++s introduction
Notes on editing and translating
A response Paul Ricoeur
Studies in the History of Hermeneutics
The task of hermeneutics
Hermeneutics and the critique of ideology
Phenomenology and hermeneutics
Studies in the Theory of Interpretation
The hermeneutical function of distanciation
What is a text? Explanation and understanding
Metaphor and the central problem of hermeneutics
Appropriation
Studies in the Philosophy of Social Science
The model of the text: meaningful action considered as a text
Science and ideology
The question of proof in FreudG++s psychoanalytic writings
The narrative function
Notes
Select bibliography
Index

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