Strong Hermeneutics: Contingency and Moral Identity

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Contents
Prefaceix
Introduction1
1The variety of hermeneutics10
Before hermeneutics: Enlightenment fundamentalism10
Weak hermeneutics: Nietzsche, Rorty and Postmodernism15
Strong hermeneutics: Gadamer, Taylor and Ricoeur19
Deep hermeneutics: Early Habermas and critical theory25
Beyond hermeneutics: Discourse ethics29
2Strong hermeneutics and the contingency of self35
Taylor’s philosophical anthropology36
Rorty, Nietzsche and Freud40
Strong hermeneutics and the postmodern self44
Ricoeur on self-identity49
3Interpretation, practical reason and tradition58
The narrative form of practical reason60
Strong evaluation and moral realism65
Pluralism and conservatism75
4Deep hermeneutics, emancipation and fate81
Ethical totality and the causality of fate83
Habermas, Hegel and Freud90
Norm, nature and recognition96
5Communication and the contingency of language103
Communicative and strategic language use105
Deconstructive and agonistic objections to the primacy of communication109
Wittgenstein, idealizations and hermeneutics114
6Strong hermeneutics and discourse ethics121
Discourse ethics and the moral point of view123

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Variety of Hermeneutics 10
  • 2 - Strong Hermeneutics and the Contingency of Self 35
  • 3 - Interpretation, Practical Reason and Tradition 58
  • 4 - Deep Hermeneutics, Emancipation and Fate 81
  • 5 - Communication and the Contingency of Language 103
  • 6 - Strong Hermeneutics and Discourse Ethics 121
  • 7 - The Ecological Politics of Strong Hermeneutics 148
  • Notes 170
  • Index 193
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