Transforming the Hermeneutic Context: From Nietzsche to Nancy

Transforming the Hermeneutic Context: From Nietzsche to Nancy

Transforming the Hermeneutic Context: From Nietzsche to Nancy

Transforming the Hermeneutic Context: From Nietzsche to Nancy

Synopsis

This book presents contemporary analyses of interpretation by some of the most prominent figures in contemporary philosophy and literary criticism. These essays question and transform traditional statements on the aims, methods, and techniques of interpretation.

The essays demonstrate how contemporary discussions of interpretation are necessarily sent back to the hermeneutic tradition. Emphasizing the importance of Friedrich Nietzsche's influence on the contemporary debates concerning current interpretive practices, this volume traces the differences in interpretive perspectives generated in the writings of Michel Foucault, Eric Blondel, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, Manfred Frank, Werner Hamacher, and Jean-Luc Nancy. The essays by Foucault, Blondel, Frank, Hamacher, and Nancy appear here for the first time in English."

Excerpt

There are certain unavoidable risks incurred in any attempt to catalogue a tradition. When this project began, we hoped to present certain canonical statements on hermeneutics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with certain current perspectives on the "practices" of interpretation theory that stand both within and apart from what might be called the "classical hermeneutical tradition." In the process of deciding which representative texts to include, we realized that the breadth and depth of such an endeavor made impractical the binding of these diverse interpretive perspectives within one volume. Faced with eliminating or abridging certain selections, or dividing the project into two books that would reflect our "original intention" to juxtapose both familiar and contemporary voices within the tradition, the choice was clear. Because of our commitment to presenting relatively complete expressions that display both recognized and unexpected continuities, we divided the material in terms of the marked differences between the authors' interpretations of interpretive practices. We believe Transforming the Hermeneutic Context:
From Nietzsche to Nancy
can stand alone. But we hope the connections with its companion, The Hermeneutic Tradition:
From Ast to Ricoeur
, will be as apparent to the reader as they have been to its editors throughout the life of the project.

There are many individuals and institutions without whose assistance the completion of this project would not have been possible. For their encouragement and valuable support, we wish to thank our families, friends, and colleagues. Special thanks are due to Eric Blondel, Fred Dallmayr, Rodolphe Gasché, David E. Linge, Jean-Luc Nancy, Richard Palmer, Paul Ricoeur, John Sallis, and Calvin O. Schrag. For their time and expertise in generously contributing their translations, we thank Timothy Bahti, Mary Ann Caws, Peter Caws, and Robert Eben Sackett. Further, we would like to acknowledge the financial, secretarial, and computer services support provided by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Grinnell College, Denison University, Purdue University, and the University of California at Riverside. Additional major funding was supplied to Gayle L. Ormiston by the University of Colorado's Committee on Research and Creative Works and the President's Fund for the Humanities, and to Alan D. Schrift by the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for Modern Society and Values . . .

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