Gadamer’s Truth and Method: A Polyphonic Commentary offers a fresh look at Gadamer’s magnum opus, Truth and Method, which was first published in German in 1960, translated into English in 1975, and is widely recognized as a ground-breaking text of philosophical hermeneutics. The volume features essays from fourteen scholars—both established and rising stars—each of which cover a portion of Truth and Method following the order of the text itself.
The result is a robust, historically and thematically rich polyphonic reading of the text as a whole, valuable both for scholarship and teaching.
Greg Lynch is Associate Professor of Philosophy at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he teaches courses on a range of subjects, including hermeneutics, the history of philosophy, aesthetics, existentialism, and the philosophy of mind. His research focuses on issues in hermeneutics and the philosophy of language, particularly as they arise in the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Donald Davidson, and the ordinary language tradition.
Cynthia R. Nielsen is an Associate Professor at the University of Dallas, where she teaches courses in the areas of hermeneutics, aesthetics, the philosophy of music/art, and the history of philosophy. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, The Polish Journal of Aesthetics, and Philosophy and Literature. She has published two books, the most recent is entitled Interstitial Soundings:Philosophical Reflections on Improvisation, Practice, and Self-Making, which focuses on the philosophy and phenomenology of music as well as the social and political dimensions of music-making. Her current research centers on bringing Hans-Georg Gadamer's reflections on art into conversation with the insights and practices of 20th and 21st century music and art. She currently serves as the Secretary of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics.
The Basic Structure and Argument of Truth and Method, Jean Grondin
Chapter 1 Gadamer on the Significance of the Humanist Tradition for the Human Sciences, or: Truth and Edification, Theodore George
Chapter 2 Gadamer’s Astonishing Question: Engaging with Gadamer’s Critique of Kant’s Aesthetics, Nicholas Davey
Chapter 3 Re-claiming Art’s Claim to Truth, Daniel L. Tate
Chapter 4 Gadamer on Play as Ontological Explanation, Jessica Frazier
Chapter 5 Gadamer and the Plastic Arts, Cynthia R. Nielsen
Chapter 6 Schleiermacher’s Hermeneutics and Historical Meaning, Kevin M. Vander Schel
Chapter 7 Phenomenology’s Essential Role in the Hermeneutic Tradition, David Vessey
Chapter 8 The Historical Situation of Thought as a Hermeneutic Principle, Carolyn Culbertson
Chapter 9 The Recovery of the Fundamental Hermeneutic Problem, Application and Normativity, David Liakos
Chapter 10 The Finitude of Reflection, Greg Lynch
Chapter 11 Language as Medium of Hermeneutic Experience, Carlo DaVia
Chapter 12 Gadamer and the Concept of Language, Gert-Jan van der Heiden
Chapter 13 On Language and the Universality of Hermeneutics, James Risser
There is no doubt this book will make a welcome contribution to the existing literature in the field, and it is distinct in important ways from many other books in the field. Anyone who has read Gadamer’s work will be interested in this book.