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    In this paper, the author turns to Hans-Georg Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics to examine the experience of grieving. Specifically, the author argues that grieving may be grasped as a limit situation of memory. This approach suggests that grieving cannot be adequately captured by a stage model theory but, instead, poses an infinite task that is fraught with difficulty and ethical demands. The author develops this approach in reference not only to Hans-Georg Gadamer but recent research by Nan…Read more
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    Letter from the Edtior
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2): 5-5. 2015.
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    Hermeneutics in Post-War Continental European Philosophy
    In Kelly Becker & Iain Thomson (eds.), The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1945-2015, Cambridge University Press. pp. 399-415. 2019.
    Taken in general terms, “hermeneutics” refers to the study of understanding and interpretation, and, traditionally, this study focuses on considerations of the art, method, and foundations of research in the arts and humanities. The study of hermeneutics has been developed and applied in a number of areas of scholarly inquiry, such as biblical exegesis, literary studies, legal studies, and the medical humanities. In the context of post-war Continental European thought, however, hermeneutics is b…Read more
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    Hermeneutics as Slow Philosophy
    Research in Phenomenology 49 (2): 241-245. 2019.
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    Book Reviews: Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts, edited by Bret W. Davis
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2): 291-300. 2010.
    Although it might go without mention, editor Bret Davis nevertheless reminds us on the first page of his introduction to Key Concepts that “Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) is widely considered to be the most famous, influential, and controversial philosopher of the twentieth century.” This really fine new companion put together by Davis promises to elucidate the main lines of Heidegger’s thought at a moment when Heidegger is perhaps receiving more scholarly attention and, indeed, more diverse schol…Read more
  • Translator's Introduction to Günter Figal's Objectivity: The Hermeneutical and Philosophy
  • The Promise of World Literature
    Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik 13 (1): 128-143. 2014.
    In this essay, the author argues that Gadamer's approach to world literature contributes to the call for us mutually to discover our solidarities with those from different traditions, and, thus also, different linguistic traditions. He holds that the discovery of global solidarities is urgent because current prospects to address the world's political, social and economic challenges have been put in jeopardy by the increasingly ubiquitous use of calculative rationality to manage human relations. …Read more
  • The Responsibility to Understand
    In Gert-Jan van der Heiden (ed.), Phenomenological Perspectives on Plurality, Brill. pp. 103-120. 2014.
    The concern of the present inquiry is whether, and, if so, how, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s conception of hermeneutical understanding can help us grasp the character of our ethical responsibility, and, indeed, a sense of responsibility that remains answerable to the plurality of our always singular and contingent ethical experiences. The focus of this essay, however, is to shed novel light on the responsibility at stake in understanding—or, as this may be referred to more simply, the responsibility to …Read more
  • Hermeneutics and German Idealism
    In Niall Keane & Chris Lawn (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics, Wiley-blackwell. pp. 54-62. 2016.
    This chapter focuses on Gadamer's debts to figures and themes in German idealism, focusing in particular on Kant and Hegel
  • Art as Testimony of Tradition and as Testimony of Order
    Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik 16 (1): 107-120. 2017.
    Some critics charge that Gadamer’s approach to our experience of art remains mired in conservatism because he believes our experience of artworks depends on tradition. In this essay, I argue that this charge fails to address the full scope of Gadamer’s considerations of our experience of art. This becomes clear with an emendation that Gadamer appears to make to his Truth and Method account of artistic imitation, or, mimesis, in his later essay “Art and Imitation.” Whereas Gadamer’s approach to m…Read more
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    In a World Fraught and Tender
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (1): 39-52. 2017.
    In this essay, the author argues that Dennis Schmidt’s considerations of ethical life, when taken together, comprise a prescient and distinctive response to Heidegger’s call to pursue an ‘original ethics.’ In this, Schmidt disavows discourses within the discipline of ethics that seek to establish an ethical theory or position, arguing instead that the demands of ethical life require us to focus on the incalculable singularity of the factical situations in which we find ourselves. The author sugg…Read more
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    Are We a Conversation? Hermeneutics, Exteriority, and Transmittability
    Research in Phenomenology 47 (3): 331-350. 2017.
    Hermeneutics is widely celebrated as a call for “conversation”—that is, a manner of inquiry characterized by humility and openness to the other that eschews the pretenses of calculative rationality and resists all finality of conclusions. In this, conversation takes shape in efforts to understand and interpret that always unfold in the transmission of meaning historically in language. Yet, the celebration of hermeneutics for humility and openness appears, at least, to risk embarrassment in light…Read more
  • This dissertation provides a careful interpretation of Hegel's conception of political community in the Phenomenology of Spirit. It is often accepted by commentators that for Hegel in this text the highest achievements of community life are to be associated with the realization of 'absolute spirit' and 'the concept.' The author of this dissertation, however, develops a conception of political community based not upon this view, but instead upon a number of crucial, if somewhat oblique, passages …Read more
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    This article argues that the political significance Hans-Georg Gadamer's attributes to friendship not only resists the criticism of Gadamer (and Heidegger) leveled by Axel Honneth but, moreover, that Gadamer's approach to friendship sheds light on a certain intimacy we experience in our opening onto the political sphere.
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    Image and Word
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (2): 251-259. 2003.
    The Symposium is one of Plato’s most literary and poetic dialogues. How might one reconcile this evidence of Plato’s predilection for poetry in light of his severe critique of poetry in the Republic? Though his critique is modified and refined in other dialogues, the power of his critique is nowhere significantly undermined. I argue in this paper that Plato’s poetic writing is not inconsistent with his critique, and that in fact there is an affinity between his practice of poetry and his critiqu…Read more
  • Tragedies of Spirit. Tracing Finitude in Hegel's 'Phenomenology' (review)
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (3): 607-607. 2007.
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    Passive Resistance: Giorgio Agamben and the Bequest of German Idealism and Romanticism
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1): 37-48. 2011.
    The purpose of this essay is to examine Giorgio Agamben’s important but underappreciated debts to the early German Romantics and to Hegel. While maintaining critical distance from these figures, Agamben develops crucial aspects of his approach to radical passivity with reference to them. The focus of this essay is on Agamben’s consideration of the early German Romantics’ notions of criticism and irony, Hegel’s notion of language, and the implications of this view of language for his notion of co…Read more
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    Passive Resistance: Giorgio Agamben and the Bequest of Early German Romanticism and Hegel
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1): 37-48. 2011.
    The purpose of this essay is to examine Giorgio Agamben’s important but underappreciated debts to the early German Romantics and to Hegel. While maintaining critical distance from these figures, Agamben develops crucial aspects of his approach to radical passivity with reference to them. The focus of this essay is on Agamben’s consideration of the early German Romantics’ notions of criticism and irony, Hegel’s notion of language, and the implications of this view of language for his notion of co…Read more
  • A Monstrous Absolute: Kant, Schelling, and the Poetic Turn in Philosophy
    In Jason Wirth (ed.), Schelling Now, State University of New York Press. pp. 135-146. 2004.
    In this essay, the author contends that Schelling’s first publication, the Philosophical Letters on Dogmatism and Criticism, provides crucial insights into the wide spread philosophical interest in poetic art today. For Schelling, philosophical inquiry finds that its native resource, reason, requires the disclosive power of the poetic genera of tragic drama in order to remedy a crisis which inheres in its very nature and operations.
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    The Disruption of Health: Shaffer, Foucault and 'the Normal'
    Journal of Medical Humanities 20 (4): 231-245. 1999.
    In this article the aurhtor explores the intimate connection between the concepts of ‘health’ and ‘normality’ in the fields of medicine and mental health by discerning Foucauldian themes in Peter Shaffer’s critically acclaimed drama Equus. Shaffer’s scrutiny of the mental health field pinpoints the same issue as Foucault does in his many works on medicine and psychiatry, namely, that operating behind any concept of ‘health’ in these fields is nothing other than the notion of ‘normality.’ By lo…Read more
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    The author submits that while Nancy's tendency to make Occidentalist remarks cannot be denied, it is antithetical to his own conception of community that may be forged through literature. Nancy's conception actually provides a basis to critique not only Occidentalism, but any view that blinds us to the significance of cultural differences. For Nancy genuine community can only be achieved in the exposure of the other as a singular individual marked by unique cultural, historical, and existential …Read more
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    Letter from the Editor (review)
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2): 5-5. 2015.
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    Forgiveness, Freedom, and Human Finitude in Hegel’s The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate
    International Philosophical Quarterly 51 (1): 39-53. 2011.
    The purpose of this essay is to consider the significance that Hegel grants to religious love and, with it, forgiveness in his early The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate. Although Hegel characterizes religious love in this writing as a unity that transcends reason, his association of such love with forgiveness nevertheless sheds light on an important aspect of human finitude. In this, Hegel may be seen to identify forgiveness as a form of freedom elicited by limits that we encounter in practi…Read more
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    Objectivity: The Hermeneutical and Philosophy
    State University of New York Press. 2010.
    Figal has long been recognized as one of the most insightful interpreters working in the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics and its leading themes concerned with ancient Greek thought, art, language, and history. With this book, Figal presses this tradition of philosophical hermeneutics in new directions. In his effort to forge philosophical hermeneutics into a hermeneutical philosophy, Figal develops an original critique of the objectification of the world that emerges in modernity as the …Read more
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    Although there is much scholarship on Maurice Blanchot’s relationship to his contemporaries on the French intellectual scene, substantially less has been made of his debts to the German philosophical heritage in general, and to G. W. F. Hegel in particular. In this article, the author maintains that Blanchot’s association of literature with worklessness comprises a direct, if somewhat tacit, refusal of Hegel’s determination of art as a work of spirit. The author argues that Blanchot’s critical …Read more
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    The purpose of this piece is to examine the contribution made to the philosophical study of hermeneutics by James Risser’s recently published book, The Life of Understanding: A Contemporary Hermeneutics. The author argues that Risser’s emphasis on the relation of understanding to factical life places him among contemporaries, such as Donatella di Cesare and Günter Figal, who seek to advance hermeneutics beyond the context of Hans-Georg Gadamer’s approach. The author argues that Risser’s hermeneu…Read more
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    Günter Figal's hermeneutics
    Philosophy Compass 4 (6): 904-912. 2009.
    This article offers a survey of some main ideas in Günter Figal's hermeneutics as he presents them in his recent Gegenständlichkeit: Das Hermeneutische und die Philosophie [ Objectivity: The Hermeneutical and Philosophy ]. Figal promises a new approach to the philosophical study of hermeneutics in this work that would advance beyond Gadamer, Heidegger, and others in significant respects. His project opens out from the belief that hermeneutical experience is guided by exteriority; such experience…Read more
  • Book Reviews: Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts, edited by Bret W. Davis (review)
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2): 291-300. 2010.
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    Thing, Object, Life
    Research in Phenomenology 42 (1): 18-34. 2012.
    Abstract The broad concern of this article is to contribute to discussions within hermeneutical philosophy that address the question of life as a form of correlation. More specifically, its purpose is to shed light on the character of life as correlation with reference to a basic aspect of this correlation: our living relation to things. To this end, the author focuses, first, on the later Heidegger's suggestion that our proper relation to things takes shape as an enactment guided by the release…Read more
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    Letter from the Editor (review)
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (1): 5-5. 2015.