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
On the basis of Ricoeur’s hermeneutics, this presentation argues for considering the interaction between medical professionals and patients as a narrative practice. Even if a physician talks from an external point of view – for instance, in explaining lab results to a patient – she is at the same time in conversation with the patient, addressing the latter as an interlocutor and in this process evoking, co-constituting and receiving first person accounts of the patient’s experience.
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