Gadamer and the Transmission of History

2015.08.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jerome Veith, Gadamer and the Transmission of History, Indiana University Press, 2015, 219pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.08.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jerome Veith, Gadamer and the Transmission of History, Indiana University Press, 2015, 219pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780253015983. Reviewed by Greg Lynch, North Central College Jerome Veith's book is a clearly written and remarkably well-researched analysis of the concept of 'historical effect' [Wirkungsgeschichte] that lies at the heart of Gadamer's hermeneutics. 'Historical effect,' in a nutshell, refers to the formative influence that history, through culture and language, exerts on an agent's thoughts and actions. Gadamer claims that all human understanding is historically effected and that we can never make these effects completely transparent to ourselves. This is his well-known doctrine that all understanding involves 'prejudices'. Gadamer's views on historical effect are probably the most frequently discussed components of his thought -- so much so that one might wonder why a book-length treatment of. . .

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