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Hermeneutics and the Study of Communication.
Grossberg, Lawrence; Christians, Clifford G.
The manner in which hermeneutics (the study of the interpretive process) has treated the phenomenon of interpretation is examined in this paper. Following a historical review of hermeneutics from its Hellenic roots through the phase of traditional hermeneutics to the major reformulation of the field by Friedrich Schleiermacher and Wilhelm Dilthey in the nineteenth century, the paper describes contemporary phenomenological hermeneutics. It points out that in phenomenological hermeneutics meaning is fundamental, subjectivity is redefined as being-interpreted, objectivity is redefined as historicity (the ongoingness of interpretation beyond the existential possibilities of individuals), language is an active presence in the constitutive structure of meaning or existence, understanding is an event of language, and communication is the ongoing process of interpretation within language. It then discusses Paul Ricoeur's theory of comprehension and his model that permits the isolation of major issues in any theory of interpretation; and it outlines the work of contemporary French "poststructuralists." The conclusion discusses stumbling blocks to the isolation and identification of the methodological implications of hermeneutical theorizing and discusses the implications of hermeneutics for current social theorizing and communication research. (GW)
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