By Diane P. Michelfelder

Earlier than the stumble upon in 1981 among Hans-Georg Gadamer and Jacques Derrida, there have been almost nor war of words or discussion among hermeneutics in Germany and post-structuralism in France, nor has there been considering that then. half I of this ebook makes to be had for the 1st time in English the whole texts of the come upon on the Goethe Institute in Paris. This trade raised such concerns as Gadamer's relation to psychoanalytic interpretation, the questionability of texts, Heidegger's studying of Nietzsche, and the dialogical element of language.

Part II bargains extra reflections via Gadamer at the stumble upon itself and its relation of hermeneutics to deconstruction. one of the concerns coated are Derrida's interpretation of "Destruktion" in Heidegger, Derrida's assault on logocentrism in Heidegger's interpreattion of Nietzsche, and the relation of Heidegger, hermeneutics, and deconstruction to dialectic.

Part III bargains commentaries at the come upon from a number of views. The authors investigate the unique come across in addition to Gadamer's next reflections on it.

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Heidegger's attempt to think Being goes far beyond such dissolving of metaphysics into values-thinking: or better yet, he goes back behind metaphysics itself without being satisfied, as Nietzsche was, with the extreme of its selfdissolution. Such retrospective questioning does not do away with the concept of Logos and its metaphysical implications, rather it recognizes the one-sidedness and concedes its superficiality. In this regard it is of decisive importance that 'Being' does not unfold totally in its self-manifestation, but rather withholds itself and withdraws with the same primordiality with which it manifests itself.

That was the impetus that induced me to go critically beyond the discussion of method and to expand the formulation of. the hermeneutic question so that it not only took science into account, but the experience of art and of history as well. With a critical and polemical intent in his analysis of understanding, Heidegger followed the example of former discussions of the hermeneutic circle, maintaining it in its positivity and conceptualizing it in his analysis of Dasein. " The hermeneutic circle says that in the domain of understanding there can be absolutely no derivation of one from the other, so that here the logical fallacy of circularity does not represent a mistake in procedure, but rather the most appropriate description of the structure of understanding.

Interpretation is more than the technique of scientifically interpreting texts. In the twentieth century, both of these concepts have acquired a new importance in our view of knowledge and the world. Of course, this shift is connected with the role that the phenomenon of language has come to occupy in our thought. But such a statement is tautological. That language has acquired a central position in philosophical thought is, on its part, related to the turn that philosophy took in the course of the last decades.

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