Books by Richard E. Palmer
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Hermeneutics Scholar in Residence
MacMurray College

Jacksonville, Illinois

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2007 German

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The Gadamer Reader: A Bouquet of the Later Writings (Topics in Historical Philosophy)

G The Gadamer Reader: A Bouquet of the Later Writings.  Translated and introduced by Richard E. Palmer. Evanston, Illinois and London: Northwestern University Press, 2007.  German title:  Gadamer Lesebuch, edited by Jean Grondin.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997.  308pp.


The Taipei Lectures, a nine-day course in hermeneutics that I team-taught with Cristal Huang (of Soochow U) at Fu-jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan, May 23-June 3, 2004.  The lectures were published as a 9-chapter book, first in English and then Chinese.  In English, as a book, it was: Why Gadamer’s Hermeneutical Philosophy is Alive and Important Today, privately published by the Department of Philosophy, FuJen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, ca. 2006.  167pp.  In Chinese, it was published as a whole issue of the FuJen University journal, Universitas: Monthly Journal of Philosophy and Culture, (02.08, Issue No. 405): pp. 1-170.  With supplementary material on pp. 171-188.


Deutsch (1993)


Translation: Hans-Georg Gadamer, Gadamer in Conversation: Reflections and CommentaryConversations on Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Practical Philosophy, the Greeks, Phenomenology, and the Nazis. The first three topics are translated from Hermeneutik-Ästhetik-Praktische Philosophie: Gadamer im Gespräch interviews by Carsten Dutt (Heidelberg: Winter Universitätsverlag, 1993); the other three are interviews by Glenn W. Most, Alfons Grieder, and Dörte von Westernhagen. Translated and introduced by Richard E. Palmer. New Haven: Yale University Press.




Co-translated and co-edited with Thomas Sheehan: Edmund Husserl, Psychological and Transcendental Phenomenology: Husserl's Britannica Article, The Amsterdam Lectures, "Phenomenology and Anthropology," and Marginal Comments in Being and Time and Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics. Vol. 6 in the "Husserl in the English" series. Dordrecht, NL: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997. 512pp.



Co-edited and co-translated with Diane Michelfelder: Dialogue and Deconstruction: The Gadamer-Derrida Encounter, 352 pp., with commentary on the encounter by French, German, English, Canadian, and American scholars. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1989. 351pp. Lengthy favorable review by Heinz Kimmerle, "Gadamer, Derrida und kein Ende," Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Heft 3 (1991): 59-69.  Has been translated into Spanish and perhaps other languages.




Hermeneutics: Interpretation Theory in Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger, and Gadamer. Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1969; in paperback since 1975. 282 pp.  Has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Turkish, and Farsi. 




Dissertation. A Study of Existentialism in Certain Poems by Charles Baudelaire, R. M. Rilke, and T. S. Eliot. Ph.D. Dissertation at the University of Redlands, California, in cooperation with the Intercollegiate Program of Graduate Studies between seven Southern California colleges, 1959. 482pp.


Future Books on the Drawingboards

"Hermeneutics" Encyclopedia Articles 1728-1993. Six Historic Descriptions. This is a translation project from the German for which I have five of the six texts in hand but not the time to do the translating and to write analytic introductions. These articles offer a glimpse of how hermeneutics was conceived in 1728, 1828, 1900, 1960, 1973, and 1987. A seventh article, if it is permitted to be published here, will be my own contribution ["Hermeneutics"] to the 3rd edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (see article data below). 

Hermeneutics Compendium: A Six-Volume Historical Anthology of Hermeneutics. A long-term project for which I have collected 5,000 pages of materials. I presented the basic contents of each volume in a 1980 article,""Allegorical, Philological, and Philosophical Hermeneutics: Three Modes in a Complex Heritage," listed under Articles below. This offers an overview of this project.  It is unlikely that I will ever finish this project. 

Hermeneutics and Postmodernity: Selected Essays: 1972-95. A sequence of my articles on Postmodernity.

Heritage of Hermeneutics: Selected Essays, 1976-98. A set of ten of my essays published in recent years.  It awaits a comprehensive introduction and editorial review of the essays. It will also include an essay on Derrida and Gadamer as interpreters of Heidegger and another on Gadamer and Derrida as interpreters of Paul Celan. See my list of articles for data on these two essays as published articles.


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