Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Concept of the Horizon and Its Ethico-Political Critique
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AbstractHere I focus on the relevance of Gadamer’s hermeneutics in the context of today’s socio-political concerns. I engage in the ethically and politically motivated critique of Gadamer’s hermeneutics, which suggests that Gadamer fails to offer a satisfactory account of the relation between ipseity and alterity. I argue against the view that Gadamer’s hermeneutics overlooks the otherness of the Other. Thus I further criticize the perspective that it abandons the selfhood of the self. While focusing on the dialectic of oneness and multiplicity, I contend that for Gadamer, just as the one is irreducibly multiple, so multiplicity is ultimately one.While addressing the relation between universality and particularity, I suggest that for Gadamer, this relation is not vertical, but circular. Taking as my focus Gadamer’s concept of Horizontverschmelzung, I argue that the fusion of the horizons abolishes neither the self, nor the Other, but raises both to a higher universality. The oneness of the horizon(s) thereby proves to be the dialogue that we ourselves are.
All Author(s) ListSaulius Geniusas
All Editor(s) ListBabette Babich
Book titleHermeneutic Philosophies of Social Science
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Place of PublicationBerlin / Boston
Pages199 - 216
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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