PHIL 7702 Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics (Fall: 3 )
The purpose of this course is to examine the idea of philosophical hermeneutics that is found in the work of Gadamer. We will focus especially on Gadamer’s reflections on the nature of language, the character of rationality, and the question of non-scientific modes of truth. Because hermeneutics as Gadamer conceives it is also practical philosophy, much of our attention will be taken up with the question of the relation between rhetoric, dialogical reason, and the problems of ethical life. Truth and Method will be the central text for this course, though we will also read some of Gadamer’s shorter essays.
Instructor(s): David W. Johnson
Last Updated: 10-Mar-14