The Hermeneutic Tradition

From Ast to Ricoeur

Edited by Gayle L. Ormiston & Alan D. Schrift

Subjects: Philosophy Of Literature
Series: SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory
Paperback : 9780791401378, 392 pages, December 1989
Hardcover : 9780791401361, 392 pages, December 1989

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Table of contents



Editors' Introduction

Part I. The Hermeneutic Legend

1. Hermeneutics

Friedrich Ast

2. The Aphorisms on Hermeneutics from 1805 and 1809/10

Friedrich D. E. Schleiermacher

3. The Hermeneutics: Outline of the 1819 Lectures

Friedrich D. E. Schleiermacher

4. The Rise of Hermeneutics

Wilhelm Dilthey

5. Being and Time (sections 31–34)

Martin Heidegger

Part II. Hermeneutics and Critical Theory: Dialogues on Methodology

6. The Universality of the Hermeneutical Problem

Hans-Georg Gadamer

7. Hermeneutics as the General Methodology of the Geisteswissenschaften

Emilio Betti

8. Truth and Method ("Introduction" and "Foreword to the Second Edition")

Hans-Georg Gadamer

9. A Review of Gadamer's Truth and Method

Jürgen Habermas

10. The Hermeneutic Claim to Universality

Jürgen Habermas

11. Reply to My Critics

Hans-Georg Gadamer

12. Hermeneutics and the Critique of Ideology

Paul Ricoeur

Selected Bibliography



The major statements of the leading figures in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and French hermeneutic traditions.


Here are the major statements of the leading figures in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and French hermeneutic traditions—the major statements on the aims, methods, and techniques of interpretation. Some of these appear here for the first time in English.

This book establishes the context for contemporary analyses of interpretation. Part I traces the evolution of hermeneutics from Friedrich Ast and Friedrich Schleiermacher through Wilhelm Dilthey to Martin Heidegger's placing of hermeneutics at the center of the ontological analysis of human being. Part II follows the development of the Heideggerian tradition in the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Gadamer's "philosophical hermeneutics" is then located at the center of several important exchanges with more traditional, objective hermeneutical methodologists like Emilio Betti, ideology-critics like Jürgen Habermas, and linguistic-phenomenological thinkers like Paul Ricoeur.

Gayle L. Ormiston is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Kent State University. Alan D. Schrift is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Grinnell College.