Monday, 22 September 2008

A new evaluation of Schleiermacher

These days we are reading Schleiermacher in the Hermeneutics course.

Since Grondin, of course, we have been aware that Gadamer seems to have misread Schleiermacher, and that there is a new, far more charitable interpretation of the man.

Andrew Bowie confirms this new interpretation and also indicates that it has by now become consensual. He cites Manfred Frank, Richard Palmer, Stephen Prickett, Christian Berner and of course Grondin himself as part of this consensus. Cf. Bowie, “Further Reading,” Schleiermacher, Hermeneutics and Criticism and Other Writings xxiv-xxv.

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