From Philosophy to Practice
Afterword: Catching Hermeneutics in the Act
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CATCHING HERMENEUTICS IN THE ACT
Nancy J. Moules1 & Graham McCaffrey1
As 2014 came to a close, we sent to publication with Peter Lang publishers a book manuscript entitled “Conducting Hermeneutic Research: From Philosophy to Practice” (Moules, McCaffrey, Field, & Laing, in press). As we await publication, we have been reflecting on the very intense, important, and exceedingly difficult work of writing this particular book.
We had the privilege of Dr. John D. Caputo writing a foreword to the book and he offered this remarkable comment saying that the book…
catches hermeneutics in the act. It brings home in the most vivid way just what hermeneutics really is – in the concrete. Its authors are concretely engaged and hermeneutically enlightened practitioners who are describing the difficult and delicate conditions under which concrete hermeneutical work takes place. (Caputo, in Moules et al., in press)
These are humbling words that could not more clearly elucidate the difficulties that writing the book held – it was difficult and delicate work and, at times, it was wordless work, a challenge when you are trying to write a book! Catching something is tricky business and especially tricky if what you are ← 199 | 200 → after is the exact opposite. We did not want to catch and entrap hermeneutics as a research “method” – we wanted to catch it “in the act” of the world – in the ways it allows things to act...
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