Dialogue and Deconstruction: The Gadamer-Derrida Encounter

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Diane P. Michelfelder, Richard E. Palmer
SUNY Press, 1989 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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Before the encounter in 1981 between Hans-Georg Gadamer and Jacques Derrida, there had been virtually no confrontation or dialogue between hermeneutics in Germany and post-structuralism in France, nor has there been since then. Part I of this book makes available for the first time in English the complete texts of the encounter at the Goethe Institute in Paris. This exchange raised such issues as Gadamer's relation to psychoanalytic interpretation, the questionability of texts, Heidegger's reading of Nietzsche, and the dialogical aspect of language.
Part II offers further reflections by Gadamer on the encounter itself and its relation of hermeneutics to deconstruction. Among the issues covered are Derrida's interpretation of "Destruktion" in Heidegger, Derrida's attack on logocentrism in Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche, and the relation of Heidegger, hermeneutics, and deconstruction to dialectic.
Part III offers commentaries on the encounter from a variety of perspectives. The authors assess the original encounter as well as Gadamer's subsequent reflections on it.
 

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Contents

Arguments
1
The DerridaGadamer Encounter
17
Text and Interpretation
21
Three Questions to HansGeorg Gadamer
52
Two Questions
58
Gadamer Responds to
76
Gadamer and Derrida in Dialogue
93
Destruktion and Deconstruction 1985
102
The Hermeneutics of Irony and Power
192
Derridas Response to Gadamer
199
Dialogue and Ecriture
206
A Pragmatist Perspective
215
Encountering Nietzsche
222
Destruktion and Deconstruction
233
Interruptions
251
A Derridean Critique
258

Hermeneutics and Logocentrism 1987
114
Dialogue as
150
Remarks
162
GadamerDerrida
176
Imagine Understanding
186
Dead Ends and the Life of Language
269
List of Abbreviations
284
Indices
317
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About the author (1989)

Diane P. Michelfelder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the California Polytechnic State University.

Richard E. Palmer is Professor of Philosophy at MacMurray College.

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