Thursday 2.00 - 4.00
This is a ten-week course for the discussion of Jens Zimmermann, Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2015).
Zimmermann’s book reveals the following. Hermeneutics is the practice or study of interpretation. Hence there are such fields as religious hermeneutics, literary hermeneutics and legal hermeneutics. Such interpretative endeavours raise philosophical questions. Is interpretation a distinct form of understanding? Is all understanding somehow interpretive? What is interpretation? Is language, or perspective, essential to interpretation? Are there implications for truth or objectivity or human existence? Those who answer that last question in the affirmative include the members of the so called hermeneutic tradition of philosophy (Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer . .).
The tutor will open each session with a brief overview of the week’s reading. The reading for the first week is the preface and chapter one (though the second session may revisit the first chapter).