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Tradition and Orientation in Hermeneutics

Tradition and Orientation in Hermeneutics 73 Tradition and Orientation in Hermeneutics RUDOLF A. MAKKREEL Emory University Kant's Critique of Judgment, according to Gadamer, marked a turning point in the history of aesthetics and the human sciences, but it had the , unfortunate consequence of establishing a dichotomy between an episte- mology that models all knowledge on the natural sciences and an aesthetics that is concerned with the mere satisfaction of subjective needs. This divorce is also ascribed to the hermeneutics developed by Schleiermacher, Boeckh, Droysen and Dilthey, and accounts for what Gadamer charges is its inability to confront basic questions about the truth of human exis- tence. Since these deficiencies of nineteenth-century hermeneutics are said to originate in the Critique of Judgment, I will first examine Kant's aesthe- tics in light of Gadamer's criticisms. Some of Gadamer's claims, I con- tend, are based on stereotypical interpretations of Kant's philosophy and overlook those aspects of it which either forestall or overcome his objections. Kant's aesthetics is more relevant to the tasks of both epistemology and hermeneutics than has been recognized, and my main purpose is to explore ways in which certain Kantian themes may be developed as contributions to contemporary hermeneutics. In particular, I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Tradition and Orientation in Hermeneutics

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 16 (1): 73 – Jan 1, 1986

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© 1986 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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73 Tradition and Orientation in Hermeneutics RUDOLF A. MAKKREEL Emory University Kant's Critique of Judgment, according to Gadamer, marked a turning point in the history of aesthetics and the human sciences, but it had the , unfortunate consequence of establishing a dichotomy between an episte- mology that models all knowledge on the natural sciences and an aesthetics that is concerned with the mere satisfaction of subjective needs. This divorce is also ascribed to the hermeneutics developed by Schleiermacher, Boeckh, Droysen and Dilthey, and accounts for what Gadamer charges is its inability to confront basic questions about the truth of human exis- tence. Since these deficiencies of nineteenth-century hermeneutics are said to originate in the Critique of Judgment, I will first examine Kant's aesthe- tics in light of Gadamer's criticisms. Some of Gadamer's claims, I con- tend, are based on stereotypical interpretations of Kant's philosophy and overlook those aspects of it which either forestall or overcome his objections. Kant's aesthetics is more relevant to the tasks of both epistemology and hermeneutics than has been recognized, and my main purpose is to explore ways in which certain Kantian themes may be developed as contributions to contemporary hermeneutics. In particular, I

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1986

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