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Gadamer's Fusion of Horizons and Intercultural Interpretation

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dc.contributor.author Krahn, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-08T19:39:58Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-08T19:39:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2009-08
dc.date.created 2009-08-07
dc.date.issued 2009-09-08T19:39:58Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2006
dc.description.abstract Taking as its central motif Hans-Georg Gadamer’s claim that “the true locus of hermeneutics is [the] in-between,” this thesis defends Gadamer’s concept of the fusion of horizons as radically interstitial against recent allegations that link his project to Romantic interpretive commensurability. Distancing Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics from both the Romantic hermeneutical approach and the incommensurabilist alternative proposed by John D. Caputo, this study reassesses Gadamer’s contributions toward understanding the other in a manner that avoids both imperious reductions and hyperbolic valorizations of the other’s alterity. Extending this discussion to cross-cultural interpretation, this thesis concludes by arguing for the fusion of horizons as a model for conceiving a new postcolonial space, irreducible to the commensurabilism of colonialism and the incommensurabilism of nativism. To this end, Gadamer is brought into discussion with Homi K. Bhabha, whose work on cultural hybridity offers a striking parallel with Gadamer’s fusion of horizons. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject ipseity en_US
dc.subject alterity en_US
dc.subject fusion of horizons en_US
dc.subject hybridity en_US
dc.subject postcolonial hermeneutics en_US
dc.subject Bhabha en_US
dc.subject Caputo en_US
dc.subject Homi K. Bhabha en_US
dc.subject postcolonialism en_US
dc.subject philosophical hermeneutics en_US
dc.subject commensurabilism en_US
dc.subject Incommensurabilism en_US
dc.subject Romantic hermeneutics en_US
dc.subject Cross-cultural interpretation en_US
dc.subject Hans-Georg Gadamer en_US
dc.subject John D. Caputo en_US
dc.subject Intercultural interpreation en_US
dc.subject Hermeneutics en_US
dc.subject Gadamer en_US
dc.title Gadamer's Fusion of Horizons and Intercultural Interpretation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Philosophy en_US


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