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
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October, 3rd - Sunday at 2 pm US Eastern Time
Poor Hermeneutics Are Killing Us! Why Evangelicals Fall for Conspiracy Theories
One of the largest demographics in the U.S. that has supported Donald Trump and conspiracy theories has been white evangelicals, the famed 81 percent support of his election in 2016 and that largely continued. On the surface, this support is counterintuitive and has astonished observers. One factor in this support, provocatively, is hermeneutics. The evangelical hermeneutic was forged in the fires of slavery and was refined through another century of Jim Crow and other racist practices, as detailed now by a number of scholars. It is a hermeneutic that not only facilitated support of racism, it enables uncritical support of and even allegiance, based on biblical support, for other questionable beliefs, such as Creationism and end-of-the-world predictions. It is a short step to their support of radical conspiracy theories like Qanon. How is a hermeneutic like Ricoeur’s (and many others) an urgent alternative?
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