Wednesday, February 08, 2017
In NDPR, David Vessey reviews Gianni Vattimo's Of Reality: The Purposes of Philosophy.
Vattimo thinks that one of Nietzsche's notebook entries foretold the conceptual destiny of hermeneutics: "there are no facts, only interpretations, and this too is an interpretation". Vattimo claims that the nineteenth-century hermeneutic philosophers Schleiermacher and Dilthey never fully appreciated the "and this too is an interpretation." Only Heidegger, and the version of phenomenological hermeneutics that extends from Heidegger through Gadamer, Vattimo's teacher, appreciates that hermeneutics is essentially a form of "nihilism" -- the abandonment of any claim to an independently existing reality.
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