31st March – Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information

Hermeneutics is the theory of interpretation. It is the theory that everything is a matter of interpretation.

Including this definition presumably, which is one of the reasons I found this book infuriating, because if this definition is true then how are we supposed to know what to do and think? What is a fact? How can we ever agree on anything?

I am writing this review and that’s the only interpretation there is, but this book seems to argue that’s not true.

Hermeneutics comes from German philosophy and is focused on the law, the historical tradition, and the classics. Hermeneutics stresses we begin our interpretations from an inherited situation and never from scratch.

The book also covers Deconstruction which started as a French movement of the 1960s and has a background in linguistics. Deconstruction is suspicious of inherited interpretations and traditions.

Hermeneutics takes conversation as its model of enquiry whereas Deconstruction scrutinises the details often to ridiculous depths.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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