The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology: From Philology Through Science and Technology to Theology
Continental Philosophy | Epistemology | History of Philosophy | Philosophy | Philosophy of Science
Studies of hermeneutics have historically invoked and even enumerated dimensions and hermeneutic phenomenology is inherently multidimensional. In part this is due to the essential connection between hermeneutics and philology, which one cannot overlook. But it is also the legacy of Wilhelm Dilthey in particular. Hence Joseph J. Kockelman’s 2003 *Ideas for a Hermeneutic Phenomenology of the Natural Sciences* invokes “The Importance of Methodical Hermeneutics.” With this description, echoing the contributions of his friend and long-time colleague, Thomas Seebohm, Kockelmans relates Dilthey to Boeckh and thus to the classic tradition of hermeneutics including but also well in advance of Gadamer. Hence speaking of methodical hermeneutics, what Kockelmans (and to be sure what Seebohm) understood as hermeneutic phenomenology comprised the full scope of the scholarly and ‘scientific’ traditions of classical philology just where philology subsumes not only archaeology but the disciplinary breadth of aesthetics and history as well as philosophy and theology. In this methodical fashion, classical philology—like Husserl’s famous phenomenological call to the ‘things themselves’—refers to nothing less than the words themselves.
The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology. Frankfurt am Main: Springer, 2014.
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Babich, Babette, "The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology: From Philology Through Science and Technology to Theology" (2014). Research Resources. 49.
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