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Interpretations Of, And Interpretations In, Philosophy

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The hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer is often charged, as far as its consequences and implications for a theory of interpretation in the narrower sense are concerned, with a relapse into the morass of an unchecked subjectivism. The author suggests in this paper that this happy compromise between the philosophical elucidation of an underlying, fundamental facticity and the secondary, methodological problem of establishing its norms cannot be upheld, and in fact is not upheld by Gadamer himself. The connection between the "discovery" of primitive art and the emergence of cubism, or, as a matter of fact, between the appreciation of the whole hermeneutic tradition and definite contemporary attempts at the "reform" of philosophy, are obvious and unnecessary to elaborate.There are other aspects of the Gadamerian theory of hermeneutics which raise questions about its universality from an opposite direction, in the light of which it appears as a modernising conception of interpretation.

Keywords: cubism; Gadamerian theory; Hans-Georg Gadamer; hermeneutic tradition; hermeneutics



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