By Hans-Georg Gadamer
A philosophical and historic testomony to the 20 th century, this quantity comprises a wide-ranging sequence of interviews performed in 1999/2000 among the then centenarian and his former assistant and affiliate of over thirty years, Riccardo Dottori. those ten dialogues distill and situate Gadamer's philosophy within the context of what has arguably been the bloodiest century in human heritage. throughout the interviews, Gadamer addresses-often critically-the paintings of a wide selection of philosophers, together with Heidegger, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Popper, Vico, Habermas, Rorty, and Derrida. He additionally elaborates on German philosophy throughout the Nazi interval; and, in a single of the extra interesting conversations, we're handled to a glimpse of Gadamer's own viewpoint at the query of Heidegger's Nazism, together with a dialogue of the political impact that groovy philosopher's spouse, Elfirde, had on him that has a tendency to contradict such a lot different released money owed. With the prospective exception of his autobiography 1985, A Century of Philosophy might be the main available expression of Gadamer's lifestyles and paintings in English at the present time.
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Extra resources for A Century of Philosophy: Hans Georg Gadamer in Conversation with Riccardo Dottori
On the other hand, of course, we must say that the interpretations of the Tubingen school and the Milan school go in an entirely different direction — especially Joachim Kramer. In both the doctrine of the right measure in the Philebus and the doctrine of right mean in the Politics, he finds a principle for recognizing not just being but value as well. Then, once again, through an interpretation of Plato's unwritten doctrine, he finds it possible to determine the types from the perspective of the good.
What I want to show is that, whether we can answer it or not, we should always begin from the idea of posing the question of the agathon, the good. The question is always whether it's simply a matter of what's better or whether it is really a matter of what lies beyond every particular purpose. : Here, again, we come upon the old question of how to relate the good to the better and vice versa. This, in my opinion, would be the reason why philosophy would still have something to do with politics; and yet here, once again, we hit upon the greatest difficulty: Who can know what the good is in itself?
The fact that I had learned a great deal really came out in the seminars. I was something of a crutch for him, as much for reading Aristotle as for reading Plato, though mainly for Plato, because, right 1. ] Phronesis: A Philosophy of Finitude 29 up to his death, he rebuked me for traveling to America instead of writing my book on Plato. He later realized that he wasn't entitled to rebuke me for this, because it was through me that he saw that he had been wrong to think about Plato's relationship to Aristotle as he did.
A Century of Philosophy: Hans Georg Gadamer in Conversation with Riccardo Dottori by Hans-Georg Gadamer