"Hermeneutics, Religion, and Ethics" by Hans-Georg Gadamer

Hermeneutics, Religion, and Ethics Hans-Georg Gadamer, Joel Weinsheimer

Yale Studies in Hermeneutics
Publication date:
15 Apr 2011
Yale University Press
190 pages: 216 x 140mm
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In the years shortly before and after the publication of his classic Truth and Method (1960), the eminent German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer returned often to questions surrounding religion and ethics. In this selection of writings from Gesammelte Werke that are here translated into English for the first time, Gadamer probes deeply into the hermeneutic significance of these subjects.

Gadamer raises issues of importance to ethicists and theologians as well as students of language and literature. In such outstanding essays as "Kant and the Question of God," "Thinking as Redemption: Plotinus between Plato and Augustine," and "Friendship and Self-Knowledge: Reflections on the Role of Friendship in Greek Ethics," Gadamer discusses the nature of moral behavior, ethics as a form of knowing, and the hermeneutic task of mediating ethos and philosophical ethics with one another.

"This is an important and valuable selection of Gadamer?s writings, and Weinsheimer?s translations are sensitive to the nuance and to the magisterial style of the foremost living representative of hermeneutic thought."?Michael Murray, Vassar College

"Weinsheimer . . . presents an important selection of articles from Hans-Georg Gadamer?s Gesammelte Werke. . . . [Gadamer] has a well-earned reputation as a lucid and insightful writer on the history of Western philosophy, and this book enhances that reputation."?Choice

"[This book] is a welcome English translation by Joel Weinsheimer of Hans-Georg Gadamer?s papers dating from 1941 to 1989. . . . The sheer breadth and vision of Gadamer?s philosophy is breath-taking and this is an excellent form in which to read it." ?R. John Elford, Expository Times

"An essential book for the Gadamer enthusiast. It is rich in relevant questions, striking paradoxes, careful distinctions, and useful clarifications."?Christopher Albrecht, Review of Metaphysics