Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Hermeneutics is an ontological relationship

Edward Berge Says: May 8th, 2007 at 12:22 pm You can see from Tusar’s post that some think hermeneutics is merely interpretation, and therefore one can have the historical, aesthetic etc. interpretations. But the quotes below from Sherman Hughes note that that is not what Gadamer means by hermeneutics.
Gadamer criticizes Schleiermacher for defining hermeneutics as an art or technique of interpretation. Hermeneutics is not merely a method of interpretation, but is an ontological relationship between an interpreter and a language which is to be interpreted.
…hermeneutic consciousness has an open horizon. Hermeneutic consciousness has a horizon which is in motion, and which changes as our consciousness of the present merges with our consciousness of the past.

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