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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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289 Index Adorno, T. W. – 56 and note, 57 and note, 107 and note, 108 note, 111 note, 140, 141 note, 154 and note, 172 note Aeschylus – 191, 192 and note Alexander, T. M. – 235 note Anders, G. – 12, 76 Antiseri, D. – 48 note Aquinas, T. – 130 Arendt, H. – 12, 55 and note, 97 note, 201 note Aristotle – 17, 24, 25 note, 38, 39, 92 and note, 93 and note, 94, 126, 127 note, 149, 153, 155, 168, 191 and note, 192 and note, 200 and note, 201 note, 202 and note, 203 and note, 204 and note, 214, 217 and note, 218 and note, 220, 222, 223, 225, 226 and note, 227 and note, 228, 229 and note, 230 and note, 234 Arnswald, U. – 181 note Ataman, K. – 72 note Auerochs, B. – 163 note Augustine – 130 Bach, J. S. – 111 note Bacon, F. – 37 note, 39 note, 40 note, 182, 185, 191 note Barbariü, D. – 181 and note Baudrillard, J. – 238 and note Bauman, Z. – 125 note, 142 and note Beaufret, J. – 220 Beck, U. – 75 and note, 76 note Becker, O. – 103, 104 note Beiner, R. – 72 note, 97 note Benjamin, W. – 107, 108, 109 and note Bentham, J. – 222 Bergson, H. – 54 and note, 55 note Berman, M. – 11 note Bernet, R. – 211 note, 212 note Bernstein, R. J. – 32 note, 115 note, 165, 166 and note, 218 and note Berti, E. – 159 and note, 230 and note, 231 note Betti, E. – 197 note, 198 note Bianco,...

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