Gadamer Without Tears

Joseph Agassi*

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The chief feature of Gadamer's philosophy is his claim that the humanities obey their own rules concerning reading texts and ensuring certitude. The promise of certitude is illusory, however, and the discourses on interpretation by him and his leading disciples are too confused to instruct the reader. His own sketch of his philosophy, published in his autobiographic Philosophical Apprenticeship, and its reflection in Gadamer and Hermeneutics (Hugh J. Silverman, ed.), shows this and reveals him as still too insensitive to the national tragedy of the Third Reich, which he witnessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-505
Number of pages21
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1994


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