Based on the ideas of Hans-Georg Gadamer, the creator of philosophical hermeneutics, tradition and innovation as well as renewal can be regarded as inevitable situations in human life resulting from the historical reality of being. Tradition is understood as a process in which a certain way of thinking, practice, or other “valuables” are passed on from one generation to another, while preserving the significance and value. Tradition is therefore the horizon for all kinds of thinking and interpretation. Therefore, through the process of understanding and (re)interpreting, man actually participates in the evolution of tradition and creates it, giving it the possibility for renewal. Keeping, maintaining and renewing tradition are also related to human values, and in their deeper undercurrents prove to be ethical questions. After all, for Edmund Husserl too, innovation is the key problem in ethics.
The texts in the current collection of scientific articles each represent their specific relationship with existing scientific tradition and thinking. In addition, efforts to express opinions about renewal and the creative processes of tradition have been made to various degrees – some more, some less. Therefore, one can say that the authors of each article represent a different level of scientific ethics.
The book contains eight articles by researchers from the universities of Tallinn and Tartu. All articles are peer reviewed by one Estonian and one foreign reviewer, and the publication of the volume was supported by the European Social Fund Programme – Doctoral School of Educational Sciences...
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