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Will the Circle Remain Unbroken?

Will the Circle Remain Unbroken? 227 Will the Circle Remain Unbroken? John Llewelyn. Beyond Metaphysics? The Hermeneutic Circle in Contemporary Continental Thought. Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press, 1985. 238 pp. In the closing statement of the preface to his book Llewelyn writes, "This study is primarily exegetical. It has two interlinking themes, but no attempt is made to argue a general thesis" (xvii). The two themes, as one gleans it from the title, are the possibility of a beyond of metaphysics (this possibility indicated as such by the question mark) and hermeneutic circularity. Assuming, as I think we may, that Llewelyn's disclaimer to having a general thesis is genuine on his part and not a flush of perfunc- tory academic humility, one may ask, "Is there something intrinsic to the matter at hand that would compel one not to have a general thesis? Is there something about the hermeneutic circle that directly places (the beyond of) metaphysics in question? Is there something about the beyond of metaphysics that is essential to, and/or must remain a question for, hermeneutics?" That an affirmative response to these questions belongs to Llewelyn's program seems to be indicated when he says, "The reason the title of the book has http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Will the Circle Remain Unbroken?

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 16 (1): 227 – 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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10.1163/156916486X00167
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227 Will the Circle Remain Unbroken? John Llewelyn. Beyond Metaphysics? The Hermeneutic Circle in Contemporary Continental Thought. Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press, 1985. 238 pp. In the closing statement of the preface to his book Llewelyn writes, "This study is primarily exegetical. It has two interlinking themes, but no attempt is made to argue a general thesis" (xvii). The two themes, as one gleans it from the title, are the possibility of a beyond of metaphysics (this possibility indicated as such by the question mark) and hermeneutic circularity. Assuming, as I think we may, that Llewelyn's disclaimer to having a general thesis is genuine on his part and not a flush of perfunc- tory academic humility, one may ask, "Is there something intrinsic to the matter at hand that would compel one not to have a general thesis? Is there something about the hermeneutic circle that directly places (the beyond of) metaphysics in question? Is there something about the beyond of metaphysics that is essential to, and/or must remain a question for, hermeneutics?" That an affirmative response to these questions belongs to Llewelyn's program seems to be indicated when he says, "The reason the title of the book has

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Published: Jan 1, 1986

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