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Homo Interpretans: Towards a Transformation of Hermeneutics

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2020.01.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Johann Michel, Homo Interpretans: Towards a Transformation of Hermeneutics, David Pellauer (tr.), Rowman and Littlefield, 2019, 291pp., $135.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781786608826. Reviewed by Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Radboud University In which sense is interpretation a defining characteristic of the human being? In which sense is interpretation a valid method for the human and social sciences to arrive at better understanding? These two questions form the core of Johann Michel's rich, erudite, sometimes dazzling and above all ambitious book. By combining the questions, Michel hopes to develop a sense of interpretation that covers "the two faces of the act of interpreting" (xix). Thus, he aims to overcome the dichotomy between the epistemological sense of interpretation held by Dilthey and the ontological sense of interpretation held by Heidegger. Michel is a world-leading expert on Paul Ricoeur. Against this background, one may understand this study as an attempt to offer a new version of a... Read More

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