Philosophic Insights of the Encyclopedic Kind

Lauren Barthold

Lauren Swayne Barthold, associate professor of philosophy and coordinator for the gender studies minor, has been busy lately. Her article “Rorty, Religion, and the Public-Private Distinction” appears in the October 2012 print issue of the peer reviewed international journal, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Volume 38 Issue 8. 

And the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a peer-reviewed academic resource, has just become a little more well-rounded, thanks in part to a new contribution from Barthold.  Her entry explores Gadamer’s perspective on the “question of Being,” and guides readers through three ways of understanding his approach and many works:

Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002)

By Lauren Swayne Barthold

Hans-Georg Gadamer was a leading Continental philosopher of the twentieth century. His importance lies in his development of hermeneutic philosophy. Hermeneutics, or “the art of interpretation,” originated in biblical and legal fields and was later extended to all texts. Martin Heidegger, Gadamer’s teacher, completed the universalizing of the scope of hermeneutics by extending it beyond texts to all forms of human understanding. Hence philosophical hermeneutics inquires into the meaning and significance of understanding for human existence in general . . .

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