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Speaking of Language: On the Future of Hermeneutics

Speaking of Language: On the Future of Hermeneutics Speaking of Language: On the Future of Hermeneutics Dennis J. Schmidt. Lyrical and Ethical Subjects: Essays on the Periphery of the Word, Freedom, and History . Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. xii + 215 pp. Although many topics are addressed in Dennis Schmidt’s book, Lyrical and Ethical Subjects , it is worth noting that, perhaps more than anything else, this is a book about hermeneutics. More precisely, it is a book that is profoundly concerned with the future of hermeneutics. In a series of reflections centered on exploring some of the ways that language encounters its limits, Schmidt seeks to open up new avenues by which hermeneutics might address itself to ethical and political matters. Th e author is of course well aware that the kinds of questions customarily assigned to moral philosophy have not hitherto found much of a home in the hermeneutic tradition. However, his response to this state of affairs is clearly expressed near the start of chapter 6, “What We Cannot Say: On Language and Freedom,” which I take to be a pivotal chapter for the book as a whole. Th ere Schmidt writes, “While I confess that the questions of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Speaking of Language: On the Future of Hermeneutics

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 37 (2): 271 – Jan 1, 2007

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Brill
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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916407X185692
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Speaking of Language: On the Future of Hermeneutics Dennis J. Schmidt. Lyrical and Ethical Subjects: Essays on the Periphery of the Word, Freedom, and History . Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. xii + 215 pp. Although many topics are addressed in Dennis Schmidt’s book, Lyrical and Ethical Subjects , it is worth noting that, perhaps more than anything else, this is a book about hermeneutics. More precisely, it is a book that is profoundly concerned with the future of hermeneutics. In a series of reflections centered on exploring some of the ways that language encounters its limits, Schmidt seeks to open up new avenues by which hermeneutics might address itself to ethical and political matters. Th e author is of course well aware that the kinds of questions customarily assigned to moral philosophy have not hitherto found much of a home in the hermeneutic tradition. However, his response to this state of affairs is clearly expressed near the start of chapter 6, “What We Cannot Say: On Language and Freedom,” which I take to be a pivotal chapter for the book as a whole. Th ere Schmidt writes, “While I confess that the questions of

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