Ronald Beiner is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Philosophy in a Time of Lost Spirit: Essays on Contemporary Theory (University of Toronto Press, 1997) and Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship: Essays on the Problem of Political Community (University of British Columbia Press, 2003).
Andrew Bowie is Professor of German and Director of the Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of From Romanticism to Critical Theory: The Philosophy of German Literary Theory (Routledge, 1997). He is also editor and translator of Hermeneutics and Criticism by Friedrich Schleiermacher (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Gerald L. Bruns is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at Notre Dame University. He is the author of Hermeneutics Ancient and Modern (Yale University Press, 1992) and Tragic Thoughts at the End of Philosophy (Northwestern University Press, 1999).
Hans-Georg Gadamer was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg. He died in March 2002. Gadamer is widely recognized as the leading exponent of philosophical hermeneutics. His best-known book is Truth and Method (German edition, 1960).
Jürgen Habermas is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. He was awarded the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 2001. He has published numerous books, including The Liberating Power of Symbols: Philosophical Essays (MIT Press, 2001).
Michael Kelly is the former Managing Editor of the Journal of Philosophy, is currently Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association. He