Hermeneutics Seminar I

June 17-21, 2024

What will you learn?

Rather than give an initial course on classic hermeneutic texts, Hermeneutics Seminar 1 will concentrate on the very timely and topical text, first published in 2017, Johann Michel’s Homo Interpretans: Towards a Transformation of Hermeneutics. As both a philosopher and a social scientist, Professor Michel’s work amply demonstrates the contemporary significance of hermeneutics, even as he seeks to rethink the field.

Who should join?

The online Hermeneutics Seminar 1 is designed to offer graduate students and advanced undergraduates an introduction to hermeneutics. There are separate links at the bottom right of this page for more specific program requirements and for registration and payment.

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

The deadline for registration is March 31, 2024.

When will the Seminar take place? 

Week of June 17-21, 2024 

Why Hermeneutics?

Hermeneutics offers an approach to interpretation geared toward understanding, a theme that may seem ordinary and banal but is quite sophisticated and greatly in demand in a world striven by opposition and conflict. Hermeneutics has been applied in numerous fields, including not only philosophy but anthropology, education, gender studies, history, intercultural dialogue, international development, law, literature, medicine, natural science, psychology, race studies, religious studies, rhetoric, social science, social and political theory, and translation studies. The 20th century intellectual heirs of hermeneutics include Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Paul Ricoeur. 

Course Instructors (See Bios)

John Arthos

Francesca D’Alessandris

Michael Johnson

Fernando Nascimento

George Taylor

David Utsler

Cristina Vendra