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Hans-Georg Gadamer : a biography

Author: Jean Grondin; Joel Weinsheimer
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Series: Yale studies in hermeneutics.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) was one of the greatest philosophers of our era. He was also at the center 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 book, Jean Grondin  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Hans-Georg Gadamer; Hans-Georg Gadamer; Hans-Georg Gadamer; Hans-Georg Gadamer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Grondin; Joel Weinsheimer
ISBN: 0300098413 9780300098419
OCLC Number: 51446607
Description: xi, 478 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: What is hermeneutics? --
1900 : a vintage year for hermeneutics --
Does one love a father? --
To what extent is human life a continual struggle? : school days in Breslau --
University studies in Breslau : the sense of decline and philosophy of science --
Marburg demons --
Be awake for the fire of the night : the encounter with Heidegger --
Flight to the Greeks --
Uncertain freedom before the storm --
1933 --
Consolidation --
Et illud transit --
The rectorship amid class struggle --
On the way to hermeneutics --
Truth and method --
A cannonade from ideology critique --
Second youth.
Series Title: Yale studies in hermeneutics.
Other Titles: Hans-Georg Gadamer.
Responsibility: Jean Grondin ; translated by Joel Weinsheimer.
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Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) was one of the greatest philosophers of our era. He was also at the center 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 book, Jean Grondin appraises Gadamer's life and achievement. Drawing on countless interviews with Gadamer and his contemporaries, Gadamer's personal correspondence, and extensive 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. And he addresses the question of Gadamer's attitude and actions amid the catastrophe of Nazi Germany, painting 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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