The Tragedy Of Finitude: Dilthey's Hermeneutics Of Life

byJos de MulTranslated byTony Burrett

June 15, 2014|
The Tragedy Of Finitude: Dilthey's Hermeneutics Of Life by Jos de Mul
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One of the founders of modern hermeneutics, German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911) confronted the question of how modern, postmetaphysical human beings can cope with the ambivalence, contingency, and finitude that fundamentally characterize their lives. This book offers a reevaluation and fresh analysis of Dilthey''s hermeneutics of life against the background of the development of philosophy during the past two centuries.

Jos de Mul relates Dilthey''s work to other philosophers who influenced or were influenced by him, including Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Comte, Mill, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, and Derrida. Weaving together systematic analysis and historical investigation, de Mul begins the book with an account of the horizon on which Dilthey developed his unfinished masterwork, Critique of Historical Reason. The author then elaborates a systematic reconstruction of Dilthey''s ontology of life, relates the ontology to the work of other twentieth-century philosophers, and positions Dilthey''s thought within current philosophical debate.

Jos de Mul is full professor in philosophical anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Title:The Tragedy Of Finitude: Dilthey's Hermeneutics Of Life
Product dimensions:448 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:448 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Published:June 15, 2014
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300206401

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