An appraisal of the life and achievements of German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer. Drawing on interviews, Gadamer's personal correspondence and archival research, it traces Gadamer's life as an academician and the development of his ideas, placing them in the context of his times.
Philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) was at the centre of some of the century's darkest, most complex historical events, for he chose to remain in his native Germany in the 1930s, neither supporting Hitler nor actively opposing him, but negotiating instead an "unpolitical" position that allowed him to continue his philosophical work. In this work Jean Grondin offers an appraisal of Gadamer's life and achievement. Drawing on interviews with Gadamer and his contemporaries, Gadamer's personal correspondence and archival research, Grondin traces Gadamer's life as an academician and the development of his ideas, placing them in the context of his times. He sheds light on the genesis and accomplishment of Gadamer's major opus, "Truth and Method", the bible of modern-day hermeneutics. He also addresses the question of Gadamer's attitude and actions amid the catastrophe of Nazi Germany, seeking to paint a balanced portrait of a scholar who tried to preserve German culture and tradition in the face of an invasive menace.
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"This book has no rival and is an extraordinary achievement. Thanks to exemplary research, the facts of Gadamer's life can be understood fully in historical context." Donald G. Marshall, University of Illinois at Chicago "Grondin's book is a welcome and gracious gift to those of us eager to understand as much as possible about one aspect of Gadamer's hermeneutic philosophy, that is, the man himself who was its occasion." Francis J. Ambrosio, Georgetown University
About Jean Grondin
Jean Grondin, professor of philosophy at the University of Montreal, is the author of Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics (0 300 07089 6, pb. [pound]10.95), published by Yale University Press. A close pupil of Gadamer, he has been one of the most important voices in the field of hermeneutics. Joel Weinsheimer is professor of English at the University of Minnesota and general editor of the Yale Studies in Hermeneutics.
Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biography by Jean Grondin
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