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A particularly insightful commentary on Heidegger’s thinking, as well as a fascinating look at Gadamer himself.
The combination of author and subject matter found here makes an unusually interesting text on the Continental European Philosophy of the twentieth century. As Heidegger's former student, colleague and lifelong friend, Gadamer offers a particularly insightful commentary on Heidegger's thinking. Not only do the essays focus on Heidegger's thought, but they also often begin with a description of the philosophical scene in which he first appeared, giving the reader a genuine feel for the kind of impact he made. But the essays do not leave off in the past; rather, they lead into the present, giving Heidegger a voice which continues to have a revolutionary impact.
The text does not only provide a commentary on Heidegger; it also provides a fascinating look at Gadamer himself. The narratives provide us with an intimate look at both the author and his hermeneutics at work, and his commentary on Heidegger's thought is a commentary on his own thought as well.
Hans-Georg Gadamer is Professor Emeritus of the University of Heidelberg. He is well known for his development of hermeneutics in his magnum opus, Truth and Method, and for his hermeneutical studies of Plato, Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger. John W. Stanley is Wissenschaftliche Hilffassistent in the Philosophy Department at Bonn University.
"The volume brings together interpretations of Heidegger's thought by a sympathetic follower recognized as one of today's greatest living philosophers. Some of the fifteen essays, written over a period of about 25 years, look back to Gadamer's early days as a student under Heidegger. These are not abstruse musings over points of interest only to Heidegger specialists, but are engaging accounts of what Heidegger was up to, where he was coming from, and whether Gadamer agrees with it. I would say that Gadamer is recognized as a definitive German interpreter of Heidegger's thought. " — Richard E. Palmer, MacMurray College