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Strong Hermeneutics : Contingency and Moral Identity - Nicholas H. Smith

Strong Hermeneutics

Contingency and Moral Identity

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1997
ISBN: 9780415164313
Number Of Pages: 208

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Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in ethics, particularly in the approaches of deconstruction and hermeneutics. At the same time, questions of identity have risen to prominence in philosophy and beyond into cultural studies and literature.
Strong Hermeneutics is a clear and accessible investigation of both the enlightenment and postmodern or 'weak' approaches to contemporary discussions of ethics. The weak view, which can be traced back to Nietzche and seen in the recent work of Rorty and Lyotard, is sceptical of any universal principles in ethics. The enlightenment view, starting with Kant and more recently seen in the work of Habermas, views identity as subject to universal but formal moral constraints, the renewing of which is the proper task of ethics.
Nicholas Smith argues that neither of these views can provide a proper framework for ethics. He puts forward a third position - a strong hermeneutics - drawing on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur and Charles Taylor. Strong Hermeneutics presents a defence of this view, compares it with the realism and anti-realism debate in philosophy, and demonstrates its relevance to contemporary issues, particularly ecological responsibility.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Variety of Hermeneuticsp. 10
Strong Hermeneutics and the Contingency of Selfp. 35
Interpretation, Practical Reason and Traditionp. 58
Deep Hermeneutics, Emancipation and Fatep. 81
Communication and the Contingency of Languagep. 103
Strong Hermeneutics and Discourse Ethicsp. 121
The Ecological Politics of Strong Hermeneuticsp. 148
Notesp. 170
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780415164313
ISBN-10: 0415164311
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 28th August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1