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OUT-OF-PRINT. ".a choice of interpretive and significant essays on philosophical hermeneutics , concentrating on the seminal paintings of Heidegger and Gadamer. The anthology brings jointly vintage items within the box that have been formerly greatly scattered and comprises new articles. " (Publisher) 506 pages.

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Hans-Georg Gadamer's "Text and Interpretation", translated by Dennis J. Schmidt, is reprinted with the kind permission of the author. My thanks also are extended to Dennis J. Schmidt, who agreed to have his translation us- Page 4 ed in this volume. David C. Hoy's "Must We Say What We Mean? the Grammatological Critique of Hermeneutics" is reprinted with permission from the author and The University of Ottawa Quarterly, where it appeared originally in volume 50 (1980): 41126. Finally, John Caputo's essay "Hermeneutics as the Recovery of Man" is reprinted with permission from the author and Man and World, where it originally appeared in volume 15 (1982): 34367.

This means that what we are cannot be reduced to a noumenal, ahistorical core such as a transcendental ego or, more broadly, to a human nature that is the same in all historical circumstances. Rather, who we are is a function of the historical circumstances and community we find ourselves in, the historical language we speak, the historically evolving habits and practices we appropriate, the temporally conditioned problems we take seriously, and the historically conditioned choices we make. According to the hermeneutical perspective, human beings are neither given an immutable essence by God or nature, nor do we make ourselves (at least not as isolated individuals), but we are rather the particular mode of historical existence we in part find ourselves in and in part shape in cooperation with others.

Wachterhauser, Editor State University of New York Press Page iv Published by State University of New York Press, Albany �1986 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. , 12246 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hermeneutics and modern philosophy. Bibliography: p.

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