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Horizonal Hermeneutics-and Beyond

Horizonal Hermeneutics-and Beyond 211 Horizonal Hermeneutics-and Beyond Graeme Nicholson, Seeing and Reading. Atlantic Highlands: Hu- manities Press, 1984. Contemporary Studies in Philosophy and the Human Science. 275 pp. Seeing and Reading is before all else a philosophical essay. It is not a book "about" philosophy-about Heidegger or Gadamer, for example, who play very important roles in its argument-but a philosophical essay in its own right about the question of interpretation. It is refreshing to find a piece which wants to enlist the resources of Heidegger and Gadamer in the service of philosophizing and which manages to stay clear of the confusion, which Heidegger points out, between the matter for thought and a scholarly object. And it is no less refreshing to find a book which is written so carefully, clearly, and unpretentiously, even while it is so rich in humanistic erudition that one learns a great deal just from following its examples-which range from archeology to Shakes- peare. Among its many merits I think that this book will also turn out to be a major bridge-builder in the growing Anglo-continental dialogue. For it addresses issues-Quine's theory of radical translation, for example-which concern the Anglo-American reader with a clarity which cuts off http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Horizonal Hermeneutics-and Beyond

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 16 (1): 211 – Jan 1, 1986

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Brill
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© 1986 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916486X00149
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211 Horizonal Hermeneutics-and Beyond Graeme Nicholson, Seeing and Reading. Atlantic Highlands: Hu- manities Press, 1984. Contemporary Studies in Philosophy and the Human Science. 275 pp. Seeing and Reading is before all else a philosophical essay. It is not a book "about" philosophy-about Heidegger or Gadamer, for example, who play very important roles in its argument-but a philosophical essay in its own right about the question of interpretation. It is refreshing to find a piece which wants to enlist the resources of Heidegger and Gadamer in the service of philosophizing and which manages to stay clear of the confusion, which Heidegger points out, between the matter for thought and a scholarly object. And it is no less refreshing to find a book which is written so carefully, clearly, and unpretentiously, even while it is so rich in humanistic erudition that one learns a great deal just from following its examples-which range from archeology to Shakes- peare. Among its many merits I think that this book will also turn out to be a major bridge-builder in the growing Anglo-continental dialogue. For it addresses issues-Quine's theory of radical translation, for example-which concern the Anglo-American reader with a clarity which cuts off

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1986

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