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ERIC Number: ED427988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 11
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Hermeneutics 101.
Byrne, Michelle M.
This paper provides a historical background of hermeneutics, a method of textual analysis that is an "artful" form of understanding and a process of exposing hidden meanings. The paper discusses the evolution of hermeneutics, as well as the philosophical influences of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Noting that a close link between phenomenology and hermeneutics has resulted in the terms often being used interchangeably and universally, the paper points out that philosophical beliefs differ among phenomenologists and hermeneutic philosophers. Phenomenologists focus on the lived experience of persons eliciting commonalities and shared meanings, whereas hermeneutics refers to an interpretation of language. The paper compares and contrasts these perspectives by summarizing the philosophical assumptions of Husserl, Heidegger, and Gadamer. It explores concepts such as bracketing, prejudice, horizon, historical consciousness, and hermeneutic circle. A blending of critical social theory and hermeneutics has resulted in a methodology of critical hermeneutics. This methodology emphasizes an interpretation of language, as well as silence, while also situating the text and the interpreter in their socio-cultural traditions. (Contains 20 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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