NASPH 2022 CFP & Conference Information (Updated 6.27.22)

The 17th annual NASPH meeting will be held at the University of Dallas September 22-24, 2022. You can view the CFP here. Submissions are due by July 15.

Additional Information

·      Location: University of Dallas, 1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas 75062-4736;

·      Campus Map:

·      Airport: DFW Airport

·      Recommended Hotel (4 miles from UD; 11 miles from DFW Airport):
Fairfield Inn by Marriott 630 W John Carpenter Fwy. Irving, TX 75039  972.550.8800; Rate as of 5.2.22: $131–150

·      For a list of other Hotels near UD

Canadian Hermeneutics Institute

The 13th annual Canadian Hermeneutics Institute will be held via Zoom June 1-3 2022. This year’s topic is Hermeneutic Injustice, and it will be led by NASPH’s own David Vessey.

The program, registration information, and instructions on how to submit an abstract for presentation at the institute (the deadline is March 15) can be found at

Coming soon: Selected Writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer vol. II

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:

Acknowledgements vii

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

Part 3 The Dimension of Language

15 Language and Understanding (1970) 141

16 The Theory of History and Language (1987) 153

17 Of Teachers and Learners (1986) 159

18 Heidegger and Language (1990) 163

19 Homeland and Language (1992) 177

20 On the Way to Writing? (1983) 183

21 Voice and Language (1981) 193

22 Hearing – Seeing – Reading (1984) 203

23 Reading Is like Translating (1989) 211

Notes 217

Appendix: Glossary of German Terms 245

John Arthos on “Rhetoric, Hermeneutics, and General Education” Nov. 6, 1 pm EST

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:

Invitation: NASPH/SPEP 2021 Satellite Session

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 (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.)

NASPH 21 Conference Information: **Updated**


***Times Listed Below are Eastern Standard Time

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.

Link to join Day 1 (Thursday)

Link to join Day 2 (Friday)

Link to join Day 3 (Saturday)

Conference Schedule (times listed are eastern time zone)

Thursday October 7

1:15-1:30 PM Welcome and Announcements

1:30-2:30 PM Theodore George, Texas A&M | Gadamer on the Geopolitics of Translation

2:30-2:45 PM Break

2:45-4:00 PM Invited Speaker: Catherine Homan, Mount Mary University | Remembering the Future: From the Poetic to the Political

4:00-4:15 PM Break

4:15-5:45 PM Keynote Address: Bruce Ellis Benson, University of Vienna | Having Faith in Improvisation

Friday October 8

9:30-10:30 AM John Arthos, Indiana |The ‘Unshapely Form’ of the Work: Parsing the Structure of an Irresolvable Paradox

10:30-10:45 AM Break

10:45-12:00 PM Invited Speaker: Melissa Freeman, University of Georgia | The Event of Art’s Perturbation

12:00-1:30 PM Break

1:30-2:30 PM John V. James, Dallas (Graduate Student Prize Winner) | On the Several Senses of Forgetting in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics

2:30-2:45 PM Break

2:45-3:45 PM Text discussion session | Gadamer’s “Goethe and Mozart: The Problem of Opera” (1991)

3:45-4:00 PM Break

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


The CFP for the 2021 NASPH Annual Meeting can be found here.

This year’s conference will be held October 7-9 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The deadline for submissions is July 1.

Online Gadamer Bibliography

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: (

New Book: Hermeneutics as Critique: Science, Politics, Race, and Culture by Lorenzo C. Simpson

Hermeneutics as Critique

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!

Brief Description

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).

Online Gadamer Reading Group

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 ( for the Zoom link and a copy of the reading.