Gadamer and Derrida: Hermeneutics and Deconstruction

Term: Fall 2009

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6629

Hermeneutics and deconstruction have been two of the most influential philosophical movements of the 20th century. In this seminar we begin with a firm grounding in the writings of Gadamer and Derrida, and pursue a number of themes central to both thinkers including language, understanding, misunderstanding, interpretation, practical judgment, responsibility, and decision. Through this we develop a nuanced dialectic between hermeneutics and deconstruction.

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