(A possible collection of my essays)

The Scope of Hermeneutics:

Exploratory Essays

Introduction: My experience with Gadamer and Hermeneutics

a. The Multivocity of Meaning in the Term Hermeneutics

1. "The Liminality of Hermes and the Meaning of Hermeneutics," Proceedings of the Heraclitean Society (Michigan State University, Kalamazoo), 5 (1980): 4-11.

b. Some Versions of Hermeneutics

2. "Hermeneutics in Brief: Hermeneutics" entry for the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (3rd edition, revised). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. Use the original version uncut instead of the published version.

3. "Hermeneutics in History: Allegorical, Philological, and Philosophical Hermeneutics: Three Modes in a Complex Heritage," in University of Ottawa Quarterly, 50th anniversary double issue, Vol. 50, Nos. 3,4 (1980): 338-60.

c. Hermeneutics and the Disciplines

4. "Vorschlag: Eine Philosophie der literarischen Interpretation," paper presented in German at the University of Konstanz, June 6, 1972, and in English at the University of Heidelberg (Abteil Anglistik), July 7, 1972. Unpublished.

5. "Hermeneutics 1966-78: A Review of Research," in Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey, 3 vols., ed. Guttorm Fløistad. The Hague: Nijhoff, 1982. Vol. 2, pp. 453-505.

6. "What Hermeneutics Can Offer Rhetoric," written and accepted in April, 1995, for publication in Rhetoric and Hermeneutics in Our Time, edited by Michael J. Hyde and Walter Jost. Yale University Press, 1997.

7. "Hermeneutics and the Disciplines," an unpublished paper presented in April 1999 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. It addresses the relevance of hermeneutics to dozens of disciplines, some in only a sentence.

d. Toward a Pragmatic Turn in Hermeneutics

8. "What are We Doing When We Interpret a Text?--Variations on the Theme of Hermeneutic Handeln," Eros: A Journal of Philosophy and the Literary Arts, 7 (June 1980): 1-47. A special issue on hermeneutics and philosophical anthropology.

9. "Heidegger and Humanism: On Heidegger’s Doing in the Letter on Humanism," in Storia della Storiografia/Histoire de la Historiographie: Rivista internationale, 9 (1986): 75-90.

10. "Postmodern Hermeneutics and the Act of Reading," Notre Dame English Journal [now Religion and Literature], 15 (Summer 1983): 55-84.


e. Philosophical Hermeneutics contra Foucault

11. "Contra Foucault: On the Transcendability of Hermeneutics—A Reply to Dreyfus," in Hermeneutics: Questions and Prospects, ed. Gary Shapiro and Alan Sica. Cambridge: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984, pp. 84-95.

12. "Contra Foucault 2: Beyond Hermeneutics? Some Remarks on the Meaning and Scope of Hermeneutics," University of Dayton Review, 17 (Spring 1984): 5-11.

f. Philosophical Hermeneutics contra Derrida and Habermas

13. "On the Improbably Gadamer-Derrida Encounter," in Art Papers, special tenth anniversary issue with the theme, "The Crisis in Knowledge: Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, Postmodernity," 10,1 (January/February 1986): 36-39.

14. "Gadamer and Derrida as Interpreters of Heidegger" in The Question of Hermeneutics, edited by Timothy J. Stapleton, 255-305. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994.

15. "Gadamer and Derrida as Interpreters of Paul Celan, "published only in Italian and Hungarian so far. Unpublished so far in English.

16. "Habermas versus Gadamer? Some Remarks," in Perspectives on Habermas, edited by Lewis E Hahn. LaSalle, IL: Open Court Press, 2000.

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