Hermeneutics as a Form of Epistemology

Tomorrow - August 28, 2019
Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam
Netherlands

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  • Templeton World Charity Foundation

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University of Liverpool
University of Fribourg
University of Houston
Oxford University
VU University Amsterdam
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Vesalius College (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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In many disciplines text interpretation is a going concern. But strangely enough, epistemologists hardly pay attention to the phenomenon of interpretation, and those who engage in interpretative practices often do so without awareness of epistemological problems.

The aim of this seminar is to view hermeneutical practices from an epistemological perspective. It concentrates on interpretation of texts, and addresses the following questions: “What is it to ‘interpret’ a text?”, “When is an interpretation of a text ‘justified’?”, “What kinds of evidence are relevant when it comes to text interpretation?”, “What role should authorial intentions play in interpretative processes?”, “Can there be multiple correct interpretations of texts?”

Speakers in the seminar have backgrounds in legal studies, literary studies, theology, and philosophy

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