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Author Smith, Nicholas H. (Nicholas Hugh), 1962-

Title Strong hermeneutics : contingency and moral identity / Nicholas H. Smith
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1997


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Description x, 197 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The variety of hermeneutics. Before hermeneutics: Enlightenment fundamentalism. Weak hermeneutics: Nietzsche, Rorty and Postmodernism. Strong hermeneutics: Gadamer, Taylor and Ricoeur. Deep hermeneutics: Early Habermas and critical theory. Beyond hermeneutics: Discourse ethics -- 2. Strong hermeneutics and the contingency of self. Taylor's philosophical anthropology. Rorty, Nietzsche and Freud. Strong hermeneutics and the postmodern self. Ricoeur on self-identity -- 3. Interpretation, practical reason and tradition. The narrative form of practical reason. Strong evaluation and moral realism. Pluralism and conservatism -- 4. Deep hermeneutics, emancipation and fate. Ethical totality and the causality of fate. Habermas, Hegel and Freud. Norm, nature and recognition -- 5. Communication and the contingency of language. Communicative and strategic language use. Deconstructive and agonistic objections to the primacy of communication. Wittgenstein, idealizations and hermeneutics
6. Strong hermeneutics and discourse ethics. Discourse ethics and the moral point of view. Morality and ethical life. Habermas and neo-Aristotelinism. Conclusion: Towards a critique of procedural reason -- 7. The ecological politics of strong hermeneutics. Ecology and the subject of responsibility. Postmodernism, political theory and responsibility to otherness. The truth of world-disclosure. Politics, language and criticism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [170]-192) and index
Subject Contingency (Philosophy)
Identity (Philosophical concept)
LC no. 96051763
ISBN 0415164311 (hc)
041516432X (paperback)