Repository | Book | Chapter


Hermeneutics and truth

from alētheia to attestation

Sebastian Purcell

pp. 175-195

This essay aims to correct a prevalent misconception about Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics, which understands it to support a conception of human understanding as finite as Heidegger did, but in a more "conceptually conservative" way. The result is that Ricoeur's work is viewed as incapable of addressing the most pressing problems in contemporary Continental metaphysics. In response, it is argued that Ricoeur is in fact the first to develop an infinite hermeneutics, which develops Heidegger's sense of hermeneutics significantly. This position is demonstrated by tracing the itinerary from Heidegger's account of aletheia to Ricoeur's account of attestation. The conclusion, then, not only clears Ricoeur of the stated charges, but also presents a more viable path for the future of hermeneutics.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33426-4_13

Full citation:

Purcell, (2016)., Hermeneutics and truth: from alētheia to attestation, in S. Davidson & M. Vallée (eds.), Hermeneutics and phenomenology in Paul Ricoeur, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 175-195.

This document is unfortunately not available for download at the moment.