The Specter of Relativism: Truth, Dialogue, and Phronesis in Philosophical Hermeneutics

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Lawrence Schmidt
Northwestern University Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 295 pages
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This text adresses the timely topic of relativism from the perspective of Gadamer's hermeneutics. This collection of essays explores several of the key issues in contemporary philosophy - the nature of truth, the model of conversation, and the possibility of an ethics in postmodern conditions - in the context of the work of Gadamer. Although centred on Gadamer and including the first English translation of one of his essays, the volume does not narrowly define or defend the approach of philosophical hermeneutics; the contributors present a broad range of views, in some cases championing a Gadamerian perspective, in others challenging it.
 

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Contents

On the Composition of Truth and Method
23
Gadamers Hermeneutics and the Overcoming of Epistemology
56
Uncovering Hermeneutic Truth
72
Three Puzzles for Gadamers Hermeneutics
84
Hermeneutics and
96
On Finitude and Truth
111
On the Truth of the Word
131
Gadamer and Toulmin
159
Understanding and Willing
195
Gadamers Hermeneutics
206
Gadamer Foucault and Habermas on Ethical Critique
224
Situating Philosophical Hermeneutics
236
Notes
249
Bibliography
271
Contributors
293
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