We’ll spend the first half of the course slowly reading Gadamer’s Truth and Method (mainly the middle third of the book). The second half of the book will be an exploration of hermeneutics by looking at other writes on selected topics such as the interpretation of art, law, history, etc., depending on students’ interests. No prior knowledge of hermeneutics is assumed.
By the end of the course, the participants will be able to identify the way in which philosophical hermeneutics has delineated certain salient questions concerning the phenomenon of interpretation as well as explain and assess Gadamer’s rather original pluralist position on the nature of interpretation – including its strengths and weaknesses.
Regular attendance, preparation, and participation in discussion plus one two response papers (500 words (20%). One 2,000-word term paper (80%). An A grade requires a clear, focused and somewhat original paper.