Hans-Georg Gadamer (/ˈɡædəmər/; German: [ˈɡaːdamɐ]; February 11, 1900 – March 13, 2002) was a German philosopher of the continental tradition, best known for his 1960 magnum opus Truth and Method (Wahrheit und Methode) on hermeneutics.
In his most a book, Truth and Method published in 1960 Gadamer challenges the false objectivity often present in the human sciences while stating that “method is not sufficient”. According to the philosopher, the reading of a text is made in the tension between the past and the present horizon of expectation. Also, Gadamer asserts that “all text is a response to a question” – if the text speaks to the readers it is that it meets a certain question.
The notion of meaning is also central to the project of Gadamer. And of course equally central to the process of psychotherapy is the idea of exploring the various meanings in the client’s life as they are progressively uncovered within the unfolding narrative.
The video here from YaleCourses offers a quick introduction into Hermeneutics as developed by Hans-Georg Gadamer, an ex-pupil of Heidegger.
This book may be found on Amazon here
See also Heidegger here
- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Continuum; New title edition (24 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082648462X
- ISBN-13: 978-0826484628