Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 23, 2015

byJens Zimmermann

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Hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, a behaviour that is intrinsic to our daily lives. As humans, we decipher the meaning of newspaper articles, books, legal matters, religious texts, political speeches, emails, and even dinner conversations every day. Buthow is knowledge mediated through these forms? What constitutes the process of interpretation? And how do we draw meaning from the world around us so that we might understand our position in it? In this Very Short Introduction Jens Zimmerman traces the history of hermeneutic theory, setting out its key elements, and demonstrating how they can be applied to a broad range of disciplines: theology; literature; law; and natural and social sciences. Demonstrating the longstanding andwide-ranging necessity of interpretation, Zimmerman reveals its significance in our current social and political landscape. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, a behaviour that is intrinsic to our daily lives. As humans, we decipher the meaning of newspaper articles, books, legal matters, religious texts, political speeches, emails, and even dinner conversations every day. Buthow is knowledge mediated through these forms?...

Jens Zimmermann is Professor of Humanities and Canada Research Chair for Interpretation, Religion and Culture at Trinity Western University, Canada. As well as speaking on the importance of hermeneutics and religion to lay audiences and graduate students, he has published books on theological hermeneutics in both Humanities and German...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pagesPublished:September 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199685355

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Preface1. What is Hermeneutics?2. Hermeneutics: A brief history3. Philosophical hermeneutics4. Hermeneutics and theology5. Hermeneutics and law6. Hermeneutics and science7. Hermeneutics and the humanitiesReferencesFurther readingIndex