Interrogating the Tradition

Hermeneutics and the History of Philosophy

Edited by Charles E. Scott & John Sallis

Subjects: Hermeneutics, Continental Philosophy, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Heidegger
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791444023, 311 pages, January 2000
Hardcover : 9780791444016, 311 pages, January 2000

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Table of contents




1. Receiving the Tradition
Michael Naas

2. Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Question of Community
James Risser

3. On Thinking
Charles E. Scott

4. The Metaphyscial Background of Hermeneutics in Dilthey
Ben Vedder

5. Continental or Hermeneutical Philosophy: The Tragedies of Understanding in the Analytic and Continental Perspectives
Jean Grondin


6. Reception
John Sallis

7. Refraining from Dialectic: Heidegger's Interpretation of Plato in the Sophist Lectures
Gunter Figal

8. Heidegger's Interpretation of Aristotle on the Privative Character of Force and the Twofoldness of Being
Walter Brogan

9. Heidegger's Understanding of the Aristotelian Concept of Time
Tina Chanter

10. Heidegger, Aristotle, and Time in Basic Problems 19
John Ellis

11. Heidegger on Anaximander: Being and Justice
Francoise Dastur

12. Krimskrams: Hege and the Current Controversy about the Beginnings of Philosophy
Robert Bernasconi


13. Of Mere Form: On Kant's "Analytic of the Beautiful"
Rodolphe Gasche

14. Hermeneutical Pressure and the Space of Dialectic: What Hegel Means by "Spirit"
John Russon

15. Schelling and the Force of Nature
Jason M. Wirth

16. Contagium: Dire Forces of Nature in Novalis, Schelling, and Hegel
David Farrell Krell



Constitutes a thoughtful survey of contemporary hermeneutics in its historical context.


Interrogating the Tradition interprets figures in the history of Western thought from a broad, "continental" perspective. Divided into three major sections—hermeneutical thought, Heidegger and the Greeks, and the question of nature in German Idealism—the question of origins is central throughout and takes various shapes, all within the context of the history of Western philosophy. Addressed are the form inquiries take into manners by which we receive our philosophical tradition, the originary force of Plato and Aristotle in the formation of philosophical interpretations of time and human life, and inceptional concepts of nature in the nineteenth century.

The philosophers treated here are primarily ancient Greek and nineteenth-century German, but also included are careful discussions of Heidegger and Gadamer. Coming from both sides of the Atlantic and representing various approaches to the issues, the contributors showcase their work on one of the major cutting edges of philosophy.

Contributors to this book include Robert Bernasconi, Walter Brogan, Tina Chanter, Françoise Dastur, John Ellis, Günter Figal, Rodolphe Gasché, Jean Grondin, David Farrell Krell, Michael Naas, James Risser, John Russon, John Sallis, Charles E. Scott, Ben Vedder, and Jason M. Wirth.

Charles E. Scott is Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many books, including The Time of Memory, also published by SUNY Press; On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ethics and Politics; and The Question of Ethics: Nietzsche, Foucault, Heidegger. John Sallis is Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many books, including Double Truth, also published by SUNY Press; Shades: Of Painting at the Limit; and Stone.