Hans-Georg Gadamer

Hans-Georg Gadamer (häns´ gā´ôrk gă´dəmər), 1900–2002, German philosopher, b. Marburg. He taught at Kiel (1934–37), Marburg (1937–39), Leipzig (1939–74), and Frankfurt (1947–49) before becoming a professor at the Univ. of Heidelberg (1949–68). Influenced by his teacher Martin Heidegger, he made a major contribution to hermeneutics. In his most influential work, Truth and Method (1960, tr. 1975), Gadamer argued that a historian's own situation plays a role in determining the content of his or her interpretation of a historical event, i.e., a historian's own "prejudices" constitute necessary conditions for historical understanding. Gadamer envisaged a task of hermeneutics to be analysis of such prejudices—how they are constituted through language and how they evolve. His other works include Plato's Dialectical Ethics (1931, tr. 1991) and Philosophical Hermeneutics (3 vol., 1967–72, tr. 1976).

See Philosophical Apprenticeships (1977, tr. 1985), his autobiography; G. Warnke, Gadamer (1987).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer
Robert J. Dostal.
Cambridge University Press, 2002
Gadamer's Repercussions: Reconsidering Philosophical Hermeneutics
Bruce Krajewski.
University of California Press, 2004
Hans-Georg Gadamer on Education, Poetry, and History: Applied Hermeneutics
Dieter Misgeld; Graeme Nicholson; Lawrence Schmidt; Monica Reuss; Hans Georg Gadamer.
State University of New York Press, 1992
Main Currents in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism: A Critical Study
Yiannis Stamiris.
Whitston, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Ten "Hans-Georg Gadamer: Truth and Method"
The Hermeneutic Tradition: From Ast to Ricoeur
Gayle L. Ormiston; Alan D. Schrift.
State University of New York Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "A Review of Gadamer's Truth and Method" and Chap. 11 "Reply to My Critics" by Hans-Georg Gadamer
Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory
Linda MartÍn Alcoff; Linda Alcoff.
Cornell University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. One "'Allowing What Is to Be...': Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics"
Judgment Calls: Rhetoric, Politics, and Indeterminacy
John M. Sloop; James P. McDaniel.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Phronesis in the Gadamer versus Habermas Debates"
American Pragmatism and Communication Research
David K. Perry.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Dewey and Gadamer on Practical Reflection: Toward a Methodology for the Practical Disciplines"
Gadamer on Context-Dependence
Odenstedt, Anders.
The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 57, No. 1, September 2003
Who Are We and Who Am I? Gadamer's Communal Ontology as Palimpsest
Arthos, John.
Communication Studies, Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring 2000
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Gadamer on the Subject's Participation in the Game of Truth
Bernet, Rudolf.
The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 58, No. 4, June 2005
Historicism
Paul Hamilton.
Routledge, 2003 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Gadamer and the Event of Meaning" begins on p. 71
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