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German Philosophy of LanguageFrom Schlegel to Hegel and beyond$
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Michael N. Forster

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199604814.001.0001

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Hegel and Hermeneutics

Hegel and Hermeneutics

(p.219) 7 Hegel and Hermeneutics
German Philosophy of Language

Michael N. Forster

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Hegel's role in the development of modern hermeneutics, or interpretation theory. His contributions in the scope and significance of interpretation are of clear validity and importance. He championed several ideas and recognized that history is a process that centrally involves expressions of mind and meaning. He also recognized that the interpretation of historical Others is essential for a proper self-understanding. He emphasizes that it is only by comparing one's own outlook with the different outlooks of (historical) Others that one can become fully cognizant of its character. Another of his reasons is that perceiving how one's own outlook has developed out of other outlooks which were its historical antecedents enables one to comprehend it more fully.

Keywords:   Hegel, hermeneutics, interpretation theory, history, expressions, meaning

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