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Gadamer and the Limits of the Modern Techno-Scientific Civilization

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Stefano Marino

This book is an attempt to provide a systematic interpretation of Hans-Georg Gadamer’s hermeneutics in light of one of the most important, interesting and debated questions of the present age: the question concerning the role played by science and technology in shaping our civilization. The author argues that this question lies at the heart of Gadamer’s thought, and that such an approach to his philosophy might help to overcome some inveterate interpretive prejudices, like, for example, the idea of Gadamer as an anti-scientific and politically authoritarian thinker. In order to clarify these points, the author closely examines not only Gadamer’s 1960 masterpiece, Wahrheit und Methode, or his main writings (later gathered in ten volumes of collected papers), but most of the works he published in his more than centenarian life, including many short essays, lectures and interviews. Gadamer’s hermeneutics is seen as offering both an intriguing description of the main «pathologies» of the Western modern civilization, and a challenging proposal for «healing» the uneasiness and malaise of modernity by revaluating all forms of unmethodical, i.e. non-scientific, experience and knowledge.

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255 Bibliography 1. Works of Hans-Georg Gadamer 1.1. Books and Collections of Papers (Original Editions) (GW) Gesammelte Werke, Mohr Siebeck (UTB), Tübingen 1999 (GW 1) Hermeneutik I: Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik (1986) (GW 2) Hermeneutik II: Wahrheit und Methode. Ergänzungen – Register (1986) (GW 3) Neuere Philosophie I: Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger (1987) (GW 4) Neuere Philosophie II: Probleme – Gestalten (1987) (GW 5) Griechische Philosophie I (1985) (GW 6) Griechische Philosophie II (1985) (GW 7) Griechische Philosophie III: Platon im Dialog (1987) (GW 8) Ästhetik und Poetik I: Kunst als Aussage (1993) (GW 9) Ästhetik und Poetik II: Hermeneutik im Vollzug (1993) (GW 10) Hermeneutik im Rückblick (1995) (ABMH) “Ausgewählte Briefe an Martin Heidegger”, in Jahresgabe der Martin- Heidegger-Gesellschaft, 2002 (ANE) Aristoteles. Nikomachische Ethik VI, tr. and ed. H.-G. Gadamer, Klostermann, Frankfurt a.M. 1998 (EE) Das Erbe Europas. Beiträge, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt a.M. 1989 (ESE) Erziehung ist sich erziehen, Kurpfälzischer Verlag, Heidelberg 2000 (GLB) Gadamer Lesebuch, ed. J. Grondin, Mohr Siebeck (UTB), Tübingen 1997 (HÄP) Hermeneutik – Ästhetik – Praktische Philosophie. Hans-Georg Gadamer im Gespräch, ed. C. Dutt, Winter, Heidelberg 1993 (HE) Hermeneutische Entwürfe, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2000 (IFO) L’inizio della filosofia occidentale, ed. V. De Cesare, Guerini, Milano 1993 (IG) Im Gespräch: Hans-Georg Gadamer und Silvio Vietta, Fink, München 2002 256 (KS 1) Kleine Schriften 1: Philosophie, Hermeneutik, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 1967 (LT) Lob der Theorie. Reden und Aufsätze, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt a.M. 1983 (MET) Metafisica...

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