Hermeneutics and Deconstruction

Edited by Hugh J. Silverman & Don Ihde

Series: SUNY series, Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Paperback : 9780873959803, 324 pages, September 1985
Hardcover : 9780873959797, 324 pages, September 1985

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Hermeneutics and Deconstruction provides an assessment of two dominant modes of thinking and writing in continental philosophy today. It addresses central issues in the theory of interpretation and in the strategies of textual reading. Placed in the context of contemporary philosophical practice, this volume raises the question of the "end" of philosophy and offers different ways of understanding how the question of "closure" in philosophy can itself open up a whole range of philosophical activities.

Special attention is given to the practice of interpretation in the areas of science, perception, and literature, and to the dimensions of hermeneutic understanding with respect to being, life, and the world. An investigation of how history is interpreted and read as a text provides access to one of the significant differences between hermeneutic understanding and deconstructionist practice.

A section is devoted to the controversy concerning the value and the achievement of deconstruction. The writings of Heidegger and Derrida are juxtaposed and examined. And the volume concludes with several indications of new directions in continental philosophy and various versions of what a post-Derridean reading might entail.

Hugh J. Silverman is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Don Ihde is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Existential Technics is also published by SUNY Press.