Hermeneutical Impasses (please note, talk will be held in 32-155)
Luvell Anderson (University of Memphis)

October 14, 2016, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

32-155 (please note room change)
32 Vassar Street
United States


When people respond to chats of ‘Black lives matter’ with ‘All lives matter’ or excoriate Colin Kaepernick for being “anti-military” or “anti-American” when he sits or kneels during the playing of the National Anthem, there appears to be a break in understanding. BLM protestors and Kaepernick understand their actions and messages in one way, detractors in quite a different way. I call these breaks in understanding hermeneutical impasses. In this talk I discuss the nature of these impasses and the challenges a particular type of impasse presents for resolving it.

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