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Critical Hermeneutics

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In this chapter, the author uses Paul Ricoeur's philosophy to explore the possibilities for a new relationship between hermeneutics and critical theory from the hermeneutical side, and considers the light it throws on Touraine's reluctance to embrace the hermeneutical perspective. Two 'Ricoeurian' interpretations of the core problematics within the hermeneutical perspective in particular are involved; the first is Ricoeur's notion of the conflict of interpretations, which reinterprets the hermeneutical circle itself, and the second is Ricoeur's theme of textuality, which shifts the locus of the hermeneutical theme of the linguistic mediation of the self. To appreciate these innovations, the author considers them against the background of the tradition they draw on and reinterpret.

Keywords: conflict of interpretations; critical hermeneutics; linguistic mediation; Paul Ricoeur; textuality



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