The Middle Voice in Gadamer's Hermeneutics: A Basic Interpretation with Some Theological Implications

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Mohr Siebeck, 2004 - Religion - 251 pages
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Philippe Eberhard proposes a medial interpretation of Hans-Georg Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics and draws theological implications concerning faith and our human condition from a Christian humanist standpoint. He brings into focus the middle voice as a way to articulate what it means to listen to language and the Word.
His thesis is twofold. First, the hermeneutic event is medial throughout. The core of the mediality of hermeneutics is the subtle balance between the event of understanding, which happens to the subject, and the subject who understands within it. Second, the mediality of understanding is the primary reason why hermeneutics is theologically meaningful. Both understanding as well as faith and theology are medial experiences leading to an always renewed understanding of what it is to be a human being in the world.
 

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Contents

The Middle Voice as Hermeneutic Key
7
Philosophical Perspectives on the Middle Voice
20
The Middle Voice in the Literature on Gadamer
31
Theological Texts on Gadamers Hermeneutics
49
Gadamers Triple Account of the Event of Understanding
62
Fusion of Horizons
77
The Speculation of Language
95
The Performance of the Subject within the Event
109
Characteristics and Performance of the Subject
125
Hermeneutics in Operation
150
Hermeneutics and Theology
172
Gadamers Explicit Theology and the Tension It Entails with Hermeneutics
189
The Mediality of Faith
204
Bibliography
223
Indices
241
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Philippe Eberhard, Born 1964; 1989 Licence en thologie (University of Neuchatel); 1990 STM (Master of Sacred Theology) from the Chicago Theological Seminary; 1990-1991 Clinical Pastoral Education (University of Chicago Hospitals); 2002 Ph.D. (University of Chicago Divinity School); Adjunct Professor in French and German at William Paterson University, NJ, Department of Languages and Cultures.

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