Hermeneutics, Philosophy and Religion: Gadamer: Week 5
Classic problems in Philosophy, Religion and the Humanities more broadly can be approached through the branch of phenomenology that Hans-Georg Gadamer termed ‘Philosophical Hermeneutics’. Texts become living objects of dialogue. Spirituality becomes a process through which the self grows. Community becomes a form of expanded selfhood, and religious truth claims become an invitation to adapt oneself to a new picture of the world. These seminars will explore key themes, drawing on Gadamer’s writings on beauty, health and ethics, Plato and Hegel, spiritual growth and multicultural society.
These 1 hour seminars will explore key themes in the Study of the Humanities in general, and religion in particular:
Week 2: Redefining Truth and Text—Living Language
Week 3: Hermeneutic Spirituality—Locating the individual in the Whole
Week 4: Defining Self, Body, and Agency—Self as shifting nexus
Week 5: Rethinking Community and Pluralism—From dialogues to choruses
Week 6: Science vs Religion Truths—From prediction to transformation
Week 7: Rethinking Divinity—Alternative forms of 'God'