Hermeneutics at the Crossroads

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Kevin J. Vanhoozer, James K. A. Smith, Bruce Ellis Benson
Indiana University Press, Jun 15, 2006 - Philosophy - 264 pages

In this multi-faceted volume, Christian and other religiously committed theorists find themselves at an uneasy point in history -- between premodernity, modernity, and postmodernity -- where disciplines and methods, cultural and linguistic traditions, and religious commitments tangle and cross. Here, leading theorists explore the state of the art of the contemporary hermeneutical terrain. As they address the work of Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Derrida, the essays collected in this wide-ranging work engage key themes in philosophical hermeneutics, hermeneutics and religion, hermeneutics and the other arts, hermeneutics and literature, and hermeneutics and ethics. Readers will find lively exchanges and reflections that meet the intellectual and philosophical challenges posed by hermeneutics at the crossroads.

Contributors are Bruce Ellis Benson, Christina Bieber Lake, John D. Caputo, Eduardo J. Echeverria, Benne Faber, Norman Lillegard, Roger Lundin, Brian McCrea, James K. A. Smith, Michael VanderWeele, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Nicholas Wolterstorff.

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In the summer of 2002 fifteen scholars from a variety of disciplines went to a hermeneutics summer camp. Organizer, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, selected an eclectic group of fourteen other participants from a ... Read full review

Contents

2 Resuscitating the Author
35
3 Gadamers Hermeneutics and the Question of Relativism
51
Gadamer Levertovand the Hermeneutics of the Question
82
Haunted Hermeneuticsand Incarnational Iterability
93
On Being Dead Equal before God
95
Revisiting the SearleDerrida Debatein Christian Context
112
Pointing Witnessing Exchanging
131
Fiction Historyand Christian Understanding
133
9 John Calvins Notion of Exchange and the Usefulness of Literature
164
Improvisation Participation Authority
191
Jazz Lessons for Interpreters
193
Shakespeares Merchant of Veni
211
Kierkegaards Book on Adler
225
contributors
241
index
243
Copyright

Robinson Crusoeand the Problem of Witnessing
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Kevin Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

James K. A. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Seminars in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College.

Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.

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