Self-Understanding and Lifeworld (Hardcover)

Basic Traits of a Phenomenological Hermeneutics (Studies in Continental Thought)

By Hans-Helmuth Gander, Ryan Drake (Translator), Joshua Rayman (Translator)

Indiana University Press, 9780253025555, 430pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2017

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What are the foundations of human self-understanding and the value of responsible philosophical questioning? Focusing on Heidegger's early work on facticity, historicity, and the phenomenological hermeneutics of factical-historical life, Hans-Helmuth Gander develops an idea of understanding that reflects our connection with the world and other, and thus invites deep consideration of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. He draws usefully on Husserl's phenomenology and provides grounds for exchange with Descartes, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Foucault. On the way to developing a contemporary hermeneutical philosophy, Gander clarifies the human relation to self in and through conversation with Heidegger's early hermeneutics. Questions about reading and writing then follow as these are the very actions that structure human self-understanding and world understanding.

About the Author

Hans-Helmuth Gander is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Husserl Archive at the University of Freiburg.Ryan Drake is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He specializes in 20th century European philosophy and ancient philosophy.Joshua Rayman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is author of Kant on Sublimity and Morality.