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Contemporary Philosophy

At this meeting, we’re going to depart from the shores of Anglo-American philosophy and sail across the English Channel to land on the Continent.  Phenomenology is a branch of Continental Philosophy that, one might say, approaches philosophy by way of the internal realm of human experience, in contrast to the external approach taken by the Analytical Philosophers of the Anglo-American movement.

We’re going to spend the next few sessions on the Phenomenological Method—beginning by learning the foundational technique of the method: Hermeneutics.  We’ll follow that with a session on Edmund Husserl (June 9) and one on Martin Heidegger (June 23). If dasein decrees it, we may continue with 1960’s Maurice Merleau-Ponty and present-day Hubert Dreyfus.  

If you google “hermeneutics,” you’ll see it defined almost exclusively as being the interpretation of texts—mostly biblical texts.  Fortunately, in the 1800’s, people like Friedrich Schleiermacher [masked]) and Wilhelm Dilthey {pronounced “Dill-tie”} [masked]) expanded hermeneutics well beyond the interpretation of texts, as you will read in the links below.  I recommend that as you read up on hermeneutics, you click on the links to Schleiermacher, Dilthey, and Gadamer.

Here’s the Wikipedia link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeneutics

And Stanford:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hermeneutics/

See you Monday! 

 Leonard

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  • Phillip W.

    Leonard - a video or presentation or discussion only?

    May 25, 2014

    • Leonard H.

      We have a nice lecture by Michael Sugrue on hermeneutics. So, lecture and discussion.

      May 25, 2014

  • TERRY E.

    if you are struggling with the Stanford piece may I suggest the following lecture from a Yale Professor, I find it a good intro. to Monday's presentation..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWnA7nZO4EY

    May 25, 2014

  • Bill M.

    I guess the topic must be ...

    Nothingness!

    "Nothingness lies in the heart of Being -- like a worm."
    - Jean-Paul Sarte

    May 20, 2014

  • Phillip W.

    phenomenology?

    May 20, 2014

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