Pol Vandevelde and Arun Iyer have been doing a real service to the hermeneutics community by editing and translating a number of Gadamer’s works. The second volume in that series, Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Historical Dimension of Language, will be published soon. You can pre-order your copy here.
Table of Contents:
Translators’ Preface viii
Translators’ Introduction x
I Language and Ontology (by Pol Vandevelde) xi
II The Situated Truth of a Work of Art (by Arun Iyer) xxv
Part 1 Ancient Ethics and Practical Philosophy
1 The Socratic Question and Aristotle (1990) 3
2 Aristotle’s Protrepticus in Consideration of the Historical Development of Aristotle’s Ethics (1928) 9
3 Heidegger and the Greeks (1990) 27
4 The Idea of Practical Philosophy (1983) 39
5 Reason and Practical Philosophy (1986) 47
Part 2 Aesthetics
6 On Poetics and Hermeneutics (1968/1971) 55
7 The End of Art? From Hegel’s Doctrine of the Pastness of Art to the Anti-art of Today (1985) 65
8 The Place of Poetry in the System of Hegelian Aesthetics and the Question of the Pastness of Art (1986) 77
9 Conceptual Painting? On Arnold Gehlen’s Time-Pictures (1962) 87
10 On the Reading of Buildings and Paintings (1979) 95
11 Poetizing and Thinking as Reflected through Hölderlin’s Remembrance (1987) 101
12 Goethe and Mozart – the Problem of Opera (1991) 113
13 The Lynceus Tower Song in Goethe’s Faust (1982) 121
14 What Makes Goethe’s Language Natural? A Congress Contribution (1985) 127
The following is a free event that will be of interest to our group (and beyond): “Rhetoric, Hermeneutics, and General Education,” discussion with John Arthos in the “Hermeneutics in Real Life” series, Sat., Nov. 6, 1 pm EST, free event. This event explores how we can center hermeneutic theory in the college curriculum. Information and registration at: https://www.hinrl.org/conversation-sessions#h.6ij5ie9308mj
For those planning to attend SPEP 2021, we invite you to attend the North American Society of Philosophical Hermeneutics’ Satellite Session which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 26, 11 am – 2 pm EST.
To register for the conference, please visit https://www.pdcnet.org/wp/services/2021-spep/. (New registrations will be processed every 24 hours, so please be sure to register at least 24 hours in advance of any panels you hope to attend.)
Due to rising Covid cases in Michigan, we have made the decision to move this year’s conference fully on-line. We will post details about how to join the conference here in the coming days.
If you have already paid for dues, conference fees, or banquet fees will will refund those through PayPal. It may take a couple of days for these to process, but if you do not see your refund on your account after that time please let us know.
The official conference program is here, and the schedule of events is below. Note that the schedule may change as we shift to the fully virtual format.
To join the conference sessions, just use the zoom links below.
4:00-6:00 PM Author Meets Critics | Hermeneutics as Critique (Columbia UP) Speaker: Chris Manno, Portland Speaker: Cynthia Nielsen, Dallas Speaker: Iaan Reynolds, Villanova Speaker: David Vessey, Grand Valley State Speaker: Darren Walhof, Grand Valley State Respondent: Lorenzo Simpson, Stony Brook
Saturday October 9
9:30-10:30 AM Pavan Brar, Duquesne | A Contribution to a Philosophical-Hermeneutic Approach to Musical Understanding
10:30-10:45 AM Break
10:45-12:00 PM Invited Speaker: Mirela Oliva, Univ. of St. Thomas (Houston) | Displacement and Life Changes
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Break (Lunch)
1:30-2:30 PM Business Meeting, All Members Welcome
2:30-3:30 PM Niall Keane (Padova) | The Temporality of the Artwork and the Temporality of the Cosmos: Gadamer on Play, Symbol, Festival
3:30-3:45 PM Break
3:45-5:15 PM Keynote Address: Dan Tate, St. Bonaventure | Gadamer on Lyric and the Recovery of Language
Hermeneutical Movements now has an amazing online Gadamer Bibliography owing to the work of Carlo DaVia and David Vessey. You can access the Bibliography here: (http://hermeneuticalmovements.com/gadamer-translations/)
Dr. Lorenzo Simpson (Stony Brook University) has recently published a new book on hermeneutics that will, no doubt, be of interest to NASPH members and friends. The brief description below is taken from Columbia University Press. Congratulations, Lorenzo!
Hermeneutics has frequently been dismissed as useful only for literary and textual analysis. Some consider it to be Eurocentric or inherently relativistic and thus unsuited to social critique. Lorenzo C. Simpson offers a persuasive and powerful argument that hermeneutics is a valuable tool not only for critical theory but also for robustly addressing many of the urgent issues of today.
Simpson demonstrates that hermeneutics exhibits significant interpretive advantages compared to competing explanatory modalities. While it shares with pragmatism a suspicion of essentialism, an understanding that disagreements are situated, and an insistence on the dialogical nature of understanding, it nevertheless resolutely rejects the relativistic accounts of rationality that are often associated with pragmatism. In the tradition of Gadamer, Simpson firmly establishes hermeneutics as a resource for both philosophy and the social sciences. He shows its utility for unpacking intractable issues in the philosophy of science, multiculturalism, social epistemology, and racial and social justice in the global arena. Simpson addresses fraught questions such as why recent claims that “race” has a biological basis lack grounding, whether female genital excision can be critically addressed without invidious ethnocentrism, and how to lay the foundations for meaningful cross-cultural dialogue and reparative justice. This book reveals how hermeneutics can be a worthy partner with critical theory in achieving emancipatory aims.
Lorenzo C. Simpson is professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University. His books include Technology, Time, and the Conversations of Modernity (1995) and The Unfinished Project: Towards a Postmetaphysical Humanism (2001).
As David Vessey announced at the conference last week, we are starting an on-line Gadamer reading group this winter. The first meeting will be Sunday December 13th from 2:00-4:00 ET. We will be discussing “The Universality of the Hermeneutical Problem,” a lecture given in 1980 at The University of Pretoria and published in Lectures on Philosophical Hermeneutics, Universiteit van Pretoria, 1982. (Note that this is not the essay with the same title that is published in Philosophical Hermeneutics).
If you would like to participate, please contact David Vessey (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Zoom link and a copy of the reading.