Hermeneutics in Real Life
The importance of hermeneutics to non-academic spheres.
Hermeneutic Themes: Viewed Across Different Areas of Practice
“The choice in favor of meaning is . . . the most general presupposition of any hermeneutics.”
-- Paul Ricoeur, “Phenomenology and Hermeneutics,” From Text to Action, 38
“The hermeneutical consciousness culminates not in methodological sureness of itself, but in the same readiness for experience that distinguishes the experienced [person] from the [person] captivated by dogma.”
-- Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, 362
“The hermeneutical experience . . . has its own rigor: that of uninterrupted listening.”
-- Gadamer, Truth and Method, 465
“One of the aims of all hermeneutics is to struggle against cultural distance.”
-- Ricoeur, “What is a Text,” From Text to Action, 119
“Interpretation here, then, does not refer to the sense intended, but to the sense that is hidden and has to be disclosed. In this sense every text not only presents an intelligible meaning but, in many respects, needs to be interpreted.”
-- Gadamer, Truth and Method, 336
Next Conversation Session
December, 5th - Sunday at 1 pm US Eastern Time
Critical Interfaith Pedagogy
Based on her experience as an educator teaching religion at the university level to classes composed of students from diverse faiths, Marianne Moyaert develops in her presentation a critical interfaith pedagogy, drawing upon Ricoeur's hermeneutical anthropology and taking into account patterns of prejudice, power, and privilege.
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