Philosophy Word of the Day – Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002)

German philosopher; a student of Nicolai Hartmann. In Wahrheit und Methode, Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermaneutik (Truth and Method) (1960) {at Amazon.com}, Philosophical Hermeneutics (1977) {at Amazon.com} Reason in the Age of Science (1983) {at Amazon.com}, Gadamer develops a hermeneutic according to which the meaning of any text is a function of the historical situations of both author and interpreter. Since each reading is grounded in its own context, no one reading offers a definitive or final interpretation of the text; the virtual dialogue continues indefinitely.

(Via Philosophical Dictionary)

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