The Promise of Hermeneutics

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999 - Philosophy - 260 pages
This work presents an interdisciplinary study of the nature and scope of interpretation. The three authors bring the resources of the Bible, Christian tradition, and intellectual history to bear upon contemporary hermeneutical disputes. Representing a complete revision of The Responsibility of Hermeneutics (1985), this substantially expanded volume has been brought up to date with recent work in hermeneutics and sets forth an important new perspective that shifts the interpretive focus from the past to the promise of the future. Making use of the best insights from current theories about language, interpretation, and the nature of the self, The Promise of Hermeneutics demonstrates how an encounter with contemporary interpretive theory can deepen the church's own hermeneutical practices. The authors also show how the Christian faith can help move us beyond the many impasses created by postmodern thought. --From publisher's description.
 

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User Review  - Leo Mazuera - Christianbook.com

Highly philosophical, not recommendable for those who are interested in mere Biblical Hermeneutics. Because of its historical treatise of philosophy and the principles of interpretation from centuries ago, this book could be really dull. Read full review

Contents

Interpreting Orphans Hermeneutics in the Cartesian Tradition
1
The Endless Recuperation
6
Texts in an Orphaned Age
25
Orphans and the Interpretive Quest
42
Beyond the Orphaned First Person
54
Confessing Our Part
62
Narrative Hermeneutics
65
Texts and Contexts
66
Between the Scylla of Mechanical Replication and the Charybdis of Orphaned Indeterminacy
137
Some Presuppositions and Entailments of Illocutionary SpeechActs
144
ReaderResponse Theories and Biblical and Theological Fiction
152
Why Hasnt ReaderResponse Criticism Caught on in New Testament Studies? A Diagnosis Suggesting Five Reasons
154
The Value of Some Specific ReaderResponse Models for Reading Biblical Fiction and the Role of Imagination in Interpreting Plot
164
Job Eliot and Dostoyevsky on Evil
172
Temporality Reception Action
183
The Temporal and Historical Character of Jausss Aesthetics of Reception
191

Reference and Mimesis
71
Imagined and Actual Worlds
79
Textual Analysis
84
Texts as Instruments of Action
90
Relativism in Interpretation
91
Authorial Stance
100
The Text and the Reader
107
The Readers Response
118
Communicative Action and Promise in Interdisciplinary Biblical and Theological Hermeneutics
133
Some Implications for SpeechAct Theory in Hermeneutics and for the PostHistory of Biblical Texts
200
Further Implications and the Paradigmatic Status of Promise as Communicative Action
209
SocioEthical and Political Individualism and a Theological Critique of Autonomy
214
The Paradigm of Biblical Promise as Trustworthy Temporal Transformative SpeechAction
223
Promise as a Key Example of Understanding Illocutions in SpeechAct Theory
231
Selected Bibliography
241
Index
255
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