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Homo Interpretans

Towards a Transformation of Hermeneutics

Auteur(s) Johann Michel
Lien(s) externe(s) Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN 13 978-1-78660-882-6 316 pages.

 Translated by David Pellauer - Preface by Hans Joas


When do we interpret? That is the question at the heart of this important new work by Johann Michel. The human being does not spend his time interpreting in everyday life. We interpret when we are confronted with a blurred, confused, problematic sense. Such is the originality of the author's perspective which removes the anthropological interdict that has hampered hermeneutics since Heidegger. Michel proposes an anthropology of homo interpretans as the first and founding principle of fundamental ontology (relating to the meaning of being) as well as of the theory of knowledge (relating to interpretation in the human sciences). He argues that the root of hermeneutics lies in ordinary interpretative techniques (explication, clarification, unveiling), rather than as a set of learned technologies applied to specific fields (texts, symbols, actions).




Part I: The Ordinary Disclosure of the World / 1. The Problem of Meaning and the Opening to the World / 2. The Lifeworld and the Mirror of Meaning / 3. The Production of Meaning and the Transformation of the World

Part II: The Scholarly Deciphering of Signs / 4. The Infinite and the Relative / 5. Being and Method / 6. The Text and Action