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Hermeneutics as Politics (Odion) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0195049084 ISBN-10: 019504908X Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Odion
  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; First Edition edition (December 31, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019504908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195049084
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the most original and philosophically important critical account of hermeneutics--of its philosophical status and historical development--to appear since Gadamer's Truth and Method....Rosen offers a bold, new interpretation of the relationship of postmodernism and postmodernist hermeneutics to the Enlightenment....A major contribution to the current discussion. Highly recommended."--Choice


"Stanley Rosen's essays are a unique combination of reasoned argument and passionate commitment which by their very example reaffirm the ties between philosophy and politics. This book will be important for anyone who is interested in challenging established dogmas about the nature of hermeneutics and the relationship between modernity and postmodernism."--Anthony J. Cascardi, University of California, Berkeley


"A philosophical polemic of the highest order written in a language of unfailing verve and precision....It will repay manyfold the labour of a slow and considered reading."--J.M. Coetzee, Upstream


"The pearl of the volume is the brilliant fourth chapter, which ties together the rise of modern scientific thinking, biblical hermeneutics and post-Kantian philosophy in a manner which poignantly shows how the history of modern philosophy has led to a situation in which all thinking is hermeneutical thinking."--Critical Review


"Professor Rosen's profound gift to contemporary philosophy is the insight that while claiming to transcend Enlightenment rationalism, 'hermeneutical' interpretation is transcended by it; that to defeat historicism by an attempt to duplicate the ancients is itself to fall victim to historicism; that the Enlightenment provides the 'only solution to its own incoherence.' Rosen exemplifies the courage that he recognizes as central to the calling of philosophy. Rosen stands out among his contemporaries as a great philosopher in the great tradition of philosophy."--John Silber, Boston University


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stanley Rosen, Evan Pugh Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By KW on March 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
An interesting characteristic of North American academia is its strange reluctance to accept a political role. Thus, the discomfort evident when trying to explain the obvious political heritage and tone of continental philosophers such as Heidegger, Sartre, or Derrida. Somehow, we imagine that the academic world is not to be "sullied" by such pedestrian concerns as politics. Consequently, Americans and Canadians both have misunderstood how profoundly political post-modernism is in its most basic tenets.
Here, from Stanley Rosen, comes a timely reminder of this, and a hard-headed and tactical one at that.
While some may take exception (I did) to the unnecessarily strident tone of argument employed here, there is no doubt that Stanley Rosen's analysis of post-modern hermeneutics from a politico-historical perspective is nothing short of brilliant. This is not a philosophical text for those who prefer to evade debate, or shrink away from conflict.
However, aside from the often unnecessary "bran" in many of his arguments, there is an incredibly studied, deeply knowledgeable mind at work here. His obvious mastery of material outweighs the often reactionary aspects of his writing. He appreciates the political nature of post-modernism, and clarifies it (and would probably like to convince us of certain of his own preferences regarding it). However, this is not the main thrust of the book.
And, if you want to read a philosophical essay so insightful and cogent it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you must read his chapter "Platonic Reconstruction". It is worth the cost of the entire book.
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By KW on March 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
An interesting characteristic of North American academia is its strange reluctance to accept a political role. Thus, the discomfort evident when trying to explain the obvious political heritage and tone of continental philosophers such as Heidegger, Sartre, or Derrida. Somehow, we imagine that the academic world is not to be "sullied" by such pedestrian concerns as politics. Consequently, Americans and Canadians both have misunderstood how profoundly political post-modernism is in its most basic tenets.
Here, from Stanley Rosen, comes a timely reminder of this, and a hard-headed and tactical one at that.
While some may take exception (I did) to the unnecessarily strident tone of argument employed here, there is no doubt that Stanley Rosen's analysis of post-modern hermeneutics from a politico-historical perspective is nothing short of brilliant. This is not a philosophical text for those who prefer to evade debate, or shrink away from conflict.
However, aside from the often unnecessary "bran" in many of his arguments, there is an incredibly studied, deeply knowledgeable mind at work here. His obvious mastery of material outweighs the often reactionary aspects of his writing. He appreciates the political nature of post-modernism, and clarifies it (and would probably like to convince us of certain of his own preferences regarding it). However, this is not the main thrust of the book.
And, if you want to read a philosophical essay so insightful and cogent it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you must read his chapter "Platonic Reconstruction". It is worth the cost of the entire book.
More Wanderings can be found at broken-hill.net/wanderings/wander.html
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