Gadamer and Ricoeur: Critical Horizons for Contemporary Hermeneutics

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Francis J. Mootz III, George H. Taylor
A&C Black, Apr 14, 2011 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur were two of the most important hermeneutical philosophers of the twentieth century. Gadamer single-handedly revived hermeneutics as a philosophical field with his many essays and his masterpiece, Truth and Method. Ricoeur famously mediated the Gadamer-Habermas debate and advanced his own hermeneutical philosophy through a number of books addressing social theory, religion, psychoanalysis and political philosophy.

This book brings Gadamer and Ricoeur into a hermeneutical conversation with each other through some of their most important commentators. Twelve leading scholars deliver contemporary assessments of the history and promise of hermeneutical philosophy, providing focused discussion on the work of these two key hermeneutical thinkers. The book shows how the horizons of their thought at once support and question each other and how, in many ways, the work of these two pioneering philosophers defines the issues and agendas for the new century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I History
13
Heidegger Gadamer Ricoeur
15
Part II Engagements
41
Chapter 2 The Dialectic of Belonging and Distanciation in Gadamer and Ricoeur
43
The Concept of Tradition in Paul Ricoeur and HansGeorg Gadamer
63
Chapter 4 Gadamers Rhetorical Conception of Hermeneutics as the Key to Developing a Critical Hermeneutics
83
Chapter 5 Understanding as Metaphoric Not a Fusion of Horizons
104
Part III Extensions
179
Chapter 9 Ricoeurs Model of Translation and Responsible Political Practice
181
The Relevance of Gadamers and Ricoeurs View of the Body for Feminist Theory
203
Chapter 11 Thing Hermeneutics
226
Chapter 12 Gadamers Philosophical Hermeneutics and New Confucianism
241
Bibliography
265
List of Contributors
286
Subject Index
289

Chapter 6 Where Is Muthos Hiding in Gadamers Hermeneutics? Or the Ontological Privilege of Emplotment
119
Chapter 7 Paul Ricoeurs and HansGeorg Gadamers Diverging Refl ections on Recognition
142
Chapter 8 Is Phronēsis Deinon? Ricoeur on Tragedy and Phronēsis
156

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Francis J. Mootz III is William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. His publications include Law, Hermeneutics and Rhetoric (Ashgate, forthcoming 2010), Rhetorical Knowledge in Legal Practice and Critical Legal Theory (University of Alabama Press, 2006) and On Philosophy in American Law (CUP, 2009).
George H. Taylor is Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is the editor of Paul Ricoeur's Lectures on Ideology and Utopia (Columbia University Press, 1986).

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