Synopses & Reviews
Hermeneutics as a type of interpretation theory has traditionally been thought to apply primarily to texts, linguistic phenomena, and processes of reading; in early European history hermeneutics became a theory of interpretation applied to sacred texts. As modern science emerged and matured, hermeneutic processes were relegated to the human science, while it was widely held that very different explanatory processes evolved within the natural sciences.
Don Ihde's Expanding Hermeneutics examines the history and contemporary development of interpretation theory, with a special emphasis on how science in practice involve and implicates interpretive processes. Ihde argues that the sciences have developed sophisticated visual hermeneutics that produces evidence by means of imaging, visual displays, and visualizations which rely particularly upon the holistic abilities of perception primarily visual perception. From this vantage point, Ihde demonstrates how interpretation is built into science's technologies and instruments, and how this has contributed to the development of a means of self-correction and multiperspectival enhancement.
Expanding Hermeneutics will appeal not only to philosophers but to readers from the humanities, who will be surprised about the degree to which science in practice is humanistic, and also to readers from the sciences, who will be equally surprised to discover the influence of hermeneutic traditions on many of their practices.
examines the development of interpretation theory, emphasizing how science in practice involves and implicates interpretive processes. Ihde argues that the sciences have developed a sophisticated visual hermeneutics that produces evidence by means of imaging, visual displays, and visualizations. From this vantage point, Ihde demonstrates how interpretation is built into technologies and instruments.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-207) and index.
About the Author
Don Ihde is a distinguished professor of philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook. He is the author fo numerous books, including Instrumental Realism (Indiana University Press, 1991) and Postphenomenology (Northwestern University Press, 1993).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Expanding Hermeneutics
Part 1: Interpreting Hermeneutics
1. Interpreting Hermeneutics: Origins, Developments, and Prospects
2. Language and Phenomenologies
3. Philosophy of Technology as Hermeneutic Task
4. Whole Earth Measurements
Part 2: Continentals
5. Singing the World: Language and Perception
6. Paul Ricoeur's Place in the Hermeneutic Tradition
7. This Is Not a "Text," or, Do We "Read" Images?
Part 3: Analytics
8. Literary and Science Fictions
9. Response to Rorty, or, Is Phenomenology Edifying?
10. Why Not Science Critics?
Part 4: Expanding Hermeneutics
11. The Field Is Clear
12. Scientific Visualism
14. Beyond Visualism