Thursday, March 28, 2013
In NDPR, Timothy A.D. Hyde reviews James Risser's The Life of Understanding: A Contemporary Hermeneutics.
[B]y tracing variegated themes of convalescence in Nietzsche, Heidegger and Gadamer, Risser argues that convalescence is not simply a question of negating sickness in order to return to health but rather of living a life in both sickness and health, a kind of saving and preserving that lets what conceals itself be revealed but without taking its self-concealment away from it. Risser then raises three pertinent issues. First, he asks what the character of convalescing is, but what he really addresses is a common criticism of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Gadamer, namely, that they are merely nostalgic for some perfect past to which they wish to return. Risser argues that the kind of living involved in convalescence, as he envisages it, is neither based on a history-denying faith in progress or some complete recovery, but neither does it, nor do its proponents counsel, some transmission of past history that could remain self-same. Convalescence is neither a critical overcoming nor a simple acceptance. What is overcome is rather overcoming itself.
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