A REPLY TO PROF. VOLLENHOVEN

A REPLY TO PROF. VOLLENHOVEN of the earlier paper, entitled Methodical Dangers in the Parmenides Interpretation 1. Perhaps the time has now come to speak a few words of defence. I will not try to meet my distinguished opponent's criticisms one by one, but rather to concentrate upon the question of method, which Prof. Vollenhoven, judging by the title of his paper, holds to be of paramount importance. As far as I can make out, - though in this respect I, apparently, am only the representative of a foolhardy generation - I am accused of being caught in the hermeneutic circle, i. e. of forcing upon the ancient thinker modern views which are wholly foreign to him, in short of what the Germans call "hineininterpretieren". Prof. Vollenhoven twice voices a firm protest against such dealings (1965, p. 110-12 and elsewhere; 1966, p. 71): he reminds us that the texts themselves and nothing but the texts should speak; and that modern theories should be kept at bay. It comes, therefore, somewhat as a surprise to us to note that Prof. Vollenhoven himself does not proceed in accordance with the principles he upholds. For, as he writes, 1965 p. 69 (my translation and italics): "I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophia Reformata Brill

A REPLY TO PROF. VOLLENHOVEN

Philosophia Reformata, Volume 31 (3-4): 124 – Feb 20, 1966

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© Copyright 1966 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0031-8035
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of the earlier paper, entitled Methodical Dangers in the Parmenides Interpretation 1. Perhaps the time has now come to speak a few words of defence. I will not try to meet my distinguished opponent's criticisms one by one, but rather to concentrate upon the question of method, which Prof. Vollenhoven, judging by the title of his paper, holds to be of paramount importance. As far as I can make out, - though in this respect I, apparently, am only the representative of a foolhardy generation - I am accused of being caught in the hermeneutic circle, i. e. of forcing upon the ancient thinker modern views which are wholly foreign to him, in short of what the Germans call "hineininterpretieren". Prof. Vollenhoven twice voices a firm protest against such dealings (1965, p. 110-12 and elsewhere; 1966, p. 71): he reminds us that the texts themselves and nothing but the texts should speak; and that modern theories should be kept at bay. It comes, therefore, somewhat as a surprise to us to note that Prof. Vollenhoven himself does not proceed in accordance with the principles he upholds. For, as he writes, 1965 p. 69 (my translation and italics): "I

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