Strong Hermeneutics: Contingency and Moral Identity


Strong Hermeneutics is a compelling yet accessible investigation of some of the most important and controversial issues in philosophy today. Nicholas Smith presents a clear and critical picture of both the 'weak' or postmodern view of ethics evident in the work of Nietzsche, Richard Rorty and Jean-Franc^D,ois Lyotard; and the enlightenment view, descended from Kant and taken up by Juuml;rgen Habermas.Nicholas Smith argues that neither of these views can provide a proper framework for ethics. He instead advocates a fascinating alternative, a strong hermeneutics. Drawing on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur and Charles Taylor, Strong Hermeneutics provides a lucid and challenging account of how we must understand ethics and identity today.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1997


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