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Indiana University Press
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What are the foundations of human self-understanding and the value of responsible philosophical questioning? Focusing on Heidegger's early work on facticity, historicity, and the phenomenological hermeneutics of factical-historical life, Hans-Helmuth Gander develops an idea of understanding that reflects our connection with the world and other, and thus invites deep consideration of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. He draws usefully on Husserl's phenomenology and provides grounds for exchange with Descartes, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Foucault. On the way to developing a contemporary hermeneutical philosophy, Gander clarifies the human relation to self in and through conversation with Heidegger's early hermeneutics. Questions about reading and writing then follow as these are the very actions that structure human self-understanding and world understanding.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Epitaph, In Memoriam
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Translators’ Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  1. 1. Exposition of the Connection between Selfhood, Lifeworld, and History
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 2. Conception and Outline of the Treatise with an Excursus on the Paratextual Functions of Remarks
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. Part One - In the Network of Texts: Toward the Perspective Character of Understanding
  1. 3. Inception and Beginning: Toward a Forestructure of Understanding
  2. pp. 21-27
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  1. 4. Approaching the Question of Interpretation: On the Relation of “Author-Text-Reader”
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. 5. On the Relation of Writing and Reading to Self-Formation
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. 6. The Text as a Connection of Sense in the Horizon of the Occurrence of Tradition as Effective History
  2. pp. 32-35
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  1. 7. In the Governing Network of Discourse
  2. pp. 36-43
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  1. 8. The Sense-Creating Potential of Texts: The Modification of the World
  2. pp. 44-51
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  1. 9. Excursus on the Metaphor of the “Book of the World”
  2. pp. 51-53
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  1. 10. In the Network of Tradition: On Understanding as an Incursion into the Current of Texts
  2. pp. 53-61
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  1. 11. On the Interpretive Character of Knowledge in the Wake of the Historicity of Understanding
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. 12. Parenthesis on the Discourse of Metaphysics “As Such” as a Problem of an Epochal Revaluation in View of a Signature of the Present
  2. pp. 66-72
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  1. 13. Critical Remarks on the Concept of an Absolute Reason
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. Part Two - I and World: The Question Concerning the Ground of Philosophy
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Chapter One: On the Search for the Certainty of the ‘I’
  1. 14. Toward the Task of a Hermeneutical Interpretation of the Concept and Its Relation to Everyday Experience: An Approximation
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. 15. Wonder and Doubt: On the Entry Point of Philosophical Reflection
  2. pp. 82-88
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  1. 16. Under the Spell of Certainty: Descartes’s Self-Certainty of the “I am” as a Hermeneutical Problem
  2. pp. 88-98
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  1. 17. The Ontological Positioning of the Cartesian Ego between Acquisition of the Self and Loss of the World
  2. pp. 99-110
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  1. Chapter Two: On Life in Lifeworlds: Critical Considerations of Husserl’s Phenomenology of the Lifeworld
  1. 18. The Concept of “Lifeworld” as an Indication of the Problem
  2. pp. 111-116
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  1. 19. Husserl’s Recourse to Θαυμάζɛɩν as an “Irruption into the Theoretical Attitude”
  2. pp. 116-118
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  1. 20. The Problem of Objectivism in the Tension between Δóξα and 'Eπɩστήμη
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. 21. Toward a Philosophical Thematization of Natural Life-in-the-World
  2. pp. 126-129
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  1. 22. On Husserl’s Transcendental Self-Grounding of Philosophy with a View to the Question of the World
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. 23. Husserl’s Application of the Task of a Lifeworldly Ontology
  2. pp. 140-152
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  1. 24. The Function of History in Husserl’s Transcendental-Phenomenological Conception
  2. pp. 152-168
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  1. Part Three - Self-understanding and the Historical World: Basic Traits of a Hermeneutical Ontology of Facticity
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. Chapter One: The Hermeneutical Turn: Heidegger’s Critical Dialogue with Husserlian Phenomenology
  1. 25. Husserl versus Heidegger: On Situating their Disagreement
  2. pp. 171-175
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  1. 26. The Hermeneutical Stance on a Second View
  2. pp. 175-188
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  1. 27. The “Blind Spot” in the Phenomenological Eye: Heidegger’s Critique of Husserl with a View to the Structure of Care
  2. pp. 188-203
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  1. 28. The Metamorphosis of Phenomenology into the Hermeneutical
  2. pp. 204-226
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  1. 29. The Function and Relation of the Hermeneutical Ontology of Facticity, Fundamental Ontology, and Metontology
  2. pp. 227-236
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  1. 30. Aspects of a Contemporary Philosophical Situating of the Discourse on Facticity
  2. pp. 236-244
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  1. Chapter Two: The Experiental Structure of the Self: Toward a Hermeneutics of Factical Historical Life
  1. 31. The Leap into the World: On Outlining the Factical-Hermeneutical Concept of Experience
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. 32. Analysis of Environmental Experience
  2. pp. 258-266
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  1. 33. Remarks on the Problematic of the Alien
  2. pp. 266-278
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  1. 34. The Self-World as the Center of Life-Relations
  2. pp. 278-294
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  1. 35. The Having-of-Oneself within the Field of Tension between Winning and Losing Oneself
  2. pp. 295-300
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  1. 36. The Structure of the Self as a Function of Life-Experience
  2. pp. 300-319
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  1. 37. On the Status of a Hermeneutics of Facticity as Ontological Hermeneutics
  2. pp. 319-328
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  1. Chapter Three: Application—Destruktion—History: Hermeneutical Sketches of a Philosophy of the Situation
  1. 38. Hermeneutical Application
  2. pp. 329-34
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  1. 39. The Critical Sense: On the Task of Phenomenological Destruktion
  2. pp. 340-347
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  1. 40. History as the Organon of Understanding Life
  2. pp. 347-362
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  1. Open End
  1. 41. Retrospective Reflections on the World-Conceptual Relevance of a Hermeneutics of Facticity
  2. pp. 363-368
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 369-398
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  1. Index
  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 399-408
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 409-417
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