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The Scenes of InquiryOn the Reality of Questions in the Sciences$
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Nicholas Jardine

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250395

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.001.0001

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Local Reality and Interpretation

Local Reality and Interpretation

(p.56) 3 Local Reality and Interpretation
The Scenes of Inquiry

Nicholas Jardine

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an account of the reality of questions in a community of inquirers. It evaluates this account on the basis of presupposition, relevance, communal acknowledgement, and evidential considerations. It follows with a discussion on the relations between local reality and the understanding of the questions by exploring the notions of reality and intelligibility. The chapter concludes with general reflections upon historical analysis, and explores the similarities between Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method and this chapter's angle of the interpretative understanding of past works. The two essential components of Gadamer's interpretation are his two theses: the ‘enabling power of prejudice’ and ‘fusion of horizons’.

Keywords:   presupposition, relevance, evidential considerations, Gadamer, Truth and Method, fusion of horizons, power of prejudice, intelligibility

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