Feminist Interpretations Of Hans-georg Gadamer

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EditorLorraine CodePreface byNancy Tuana

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Images of and references to women are so rare in the vast corpus of his published work that there seems to be no "woman question" for Hans-Georg Gadamer. Yet the authors of the fifteen essays included in this volume show that it is possible to read past Gadamer's silences about women and other Others to find rich resources for feminist theory and practice in his views of science, language, history, knowledge, medicine, and literature. While the essayists find much of value in Gadamer's work, he emerges from their discussion as a controversial figure. Some contributors see him as promoting genuine respect for and engagement with Otherness: others claim that in a Gadamerian conversation the Other has no voice. For some, Gadamer's immersion in tradition is an impediment to feminist inquiry; for others, cognizant of the need to understand tradition well in order to contest its intransigence or benefit from its insights, his way of engaging tradition is especially productive. Some contributors take issue with the separation he maintains between philosophy and politics; others find problems in his relative silence on matters of embodiment; still others maintain that a "fusion of horizons" amounts to a colonizing of difference. But a common aim of each of these controversies is to discern what feminists can learn from Gadamer as well as what limitations feminist reinterpretations of his work must inevitably encounter.

Contributors are Linda Martín Alcoff, William Cowling, Gemma Corradi Fiumara, Marie Fleming, Silja Freudenberger, Susan Hekman, Susan-Judith Hoffmann, Grace M. Jantzen, Patricia Altenbernd Johnson, Laura Kaplan, Robin Pappas, Robin May Schott, Meili Steele, Veronica Vasterling, Georgia Warnke, and Kathleen Roberts Wright.

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Images of and references to women are so rare in the vast corpus of his published work that there seems to be no "woman question" for Hans-Georg Gadamer. Yet the authors of the fifteen essays included in this volume show that it is possible to read past Gadamer's silences about women and other Others to find rich resources for feminist...

Lorraine Code is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Graduate Programs in Social and Political Thought, and Women's Studies, at York University in Toronto. Her other books include Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories (editor, 2000), Rhetorical Spaces: Essays on (Gendered) Locations (1995), What Can She...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 8.99 × 6 × 0.97 inPublished:December 18, 2002Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Nancy Tuana

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Why Feminists Do Not Read Gadamer

Lorraine Code

Part I: Hermeneutic Projects, Feminist Interventions

Engendering Gadamerian Conversations

1. (En)gendering Dialogue Between Gadamer’s Hermeneutics and Feminist Thought

Kathleen Roberts Wright

2. Hermeneutics and Constructed Identities

Georgia Warnke

3. Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics and Feminist Projects

Susan-Judith Hoffmann

4. Gadamer’s Conversation: Does the Other Have A Say?

Marie Fleming

5. The Development of Hermeneutic Prospects

Gemma Corradi Fiumara

6. Postmodern Hermeneutics? Toward a Critical Hermeneutics

Veronica Vasterling

7. The Ontology of Change: Gadamer and Feminism

Susan Hekman

8. Toward a Critical Hermeneutics

Robin Pappas and William Cowling

Part II: Feminist Issues: Enlisting Gadamerian Resources

9. Gadamer’s Feminist Epistemology

Linda Martín Alcoff

10. The Hermeneutic Conversation as Epistemological Model

Silja Freudenberger

11. The Horizon of Natality: Gadamer, Heidegger, and the Limits of Existence

Grace M. Jantzen

12. Questioning Authority

Patricia Altenbernd Johnson

13. Gender, Nazism, and Hermeneutics

Robin May Schott

14. Three Problematics of Linguistic Vulnerability

Meili Steele

15. Three Applications of Gadamer’s Hermeneutics: Philosophy-Faith-Feminism

Laura Kaplan

Selected Bibliography

Contributors

Index