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Figal, Günter

Life as understanding

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

In this paper I take up the "claim to universality" of hermeneutics, as put forth by Hans-Georg Gadamer; the aim is to grasp the "life that can understand," to grasp it in its essence and in terms of understanding. In this way I deal critically with Gadamer's (and Heidegger's) idea that all understanding ist "self-understanding" and work out the dependence of understanding on the other, on the "hermeneutic object" (Gegenstand) of understanding. But a "hermeneutic object" (Gegenstand) is not a "mere object" (Objekt). On the basis of this distinction, I develop, in conclusion, a critical reflection on the self-objectification of the human in those interpretations of human life that are oriented solely to natural science. Self-objectification is a wrongly directed understanding and can therefore be corrected on the basis of a developed concept of life as understanding.


SWD-Schlagwörter: Gadamer, Hans-Gerog / Wahrheit und Methode , Hermeneutik
Institut: Philosophisches Seminar
DDC-Sachgruppe: Philosophie
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Quelle: Research in phenomenology 34 (2004), S. [20] - 30
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2004
Publikationsdatum: 26.08.2005
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