Displacing Hermeneutics with the Hermeneutical?

Nicholas Davey (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Given the extensive philosophical problems arrayed against it, should hermeneutics be abandoned as an epistemology of interpretation in favour of a reflective pedagogy of practical engagement? Is it not time that hermeneuticians renounce their obsession with legitimising the “truth claims” of experience in favour of what we shall call “the hermeneutical,” that is, submitting to the (factical) truths of experience that engagement in practice exposes us to? Perhaps it is now appropriate to argue for what will seem a heresy amongst many philosophical hermeneuticians: the lesson of practical engagement is that the subjectivity of experience must be taken really seriously.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Number of pages17
JournalDuquesne Journal of Phenomenology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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