- List of Contributors
- The Self and the Good Life
- Nationalism and Patriotism
- The Making of the Modern Metropolis
- The Other
- Freedom and Human Emancipation
- Work and Labour
- Suffering In Theology and Modern European Thought
- Nihilism and Theology: Who Stands at the Door?
- War and Peace
- Radical Philosophy and Political Theology
- Beauty and Sublimity
- Time and History
- The Metaphysics of Modernity
- The Bible
- Divine Providence
Abstract and Keywords
Hermeneutics has transformed from a regional, context-specific subsidiary art into a universal mode of philosophizing that dominated European thought for the last two centuries. Contemporary hermeneutics emerged from Romanticism, German Idealism, and the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger, as well as French structuralism and poststructuralism. This chapter discusses four figures who played key roles in this revolution of hermeneutics from the regional to the universal: Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Dilthey, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Paul Ricoeur. The work of Martin Heidegger is also briefly discussed because of his influence on Gadamer.
Jim Fodor is Professor of Theology and Ethics at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. He is author and editor of several volumes, including (with Oleg Bychkov) Theological Aesthetics after von Balthasar (2008), (with Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt) Aquinas in Dialogue: Thomas for the Twenty-First Century (2004), and Christian Hermeneutics: Paul Ricoeur and the Refiguring of Theology (1995). He is also editor of Modern Theology.
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