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The Parsi Zarathustra religion has also attached great importance The same has been quoted in Sabda-kalpadruma (Chowkhamba. was Buddhistic, but then Zarathustra went forth from iimsint"^. Adharbaijan and preached The simple element of heaven is sabda,. i.e. that which is heard. because Sakti herself is sound,the eternal word or Sabda. In the of this Sabda, the scientific basis of which Is the air In our Zarathustra, 32,,,,•.


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The foregoing, however, is not applicable to the human sciences even though these have borrowed their methods from the natural sciences. The proof of this is that the great achievements in the human sciences almost never become outdated , notwithstanding the fact that sometimes knowledge subsequently arises which was not available to the earlier thinker. The value and criterion of research cannot be measured by a criterion based in the subject matter.

Rather the subject matter appears truly significant only when it is properly portrayed for us. Thus we are certainly interested in the subject matter, but it acquires life for us only from the light in which it is presented to us. We accept the fact that the subject presents different aspects of itself at different times or from different standpoints. We accept that these aspects do not simply cancel one another out as research proceeds, but are like mutually.

Our historical consciousness is always filled with a variety of voices in which the echo of the past is heard. Only in the multifariousness of such voices does it exist: Modern historical research is not only research, but the handing down of tradition. We do not see it only in terms of progress and verified results; in it we have, as it were, a new experience of history whenever the past resounds in a new voice. The theme and object of research are actually constituted by the motivation of the inquiry Historical research is carried along by the historical movement of life itself and cannot be understood teleologically in terms of the object into which it is inquiring Such an object in itself clearly does not exist at all and it is this which distinguishes the human sciences from the natural sciences , the object of which can be described idealiter as what would be known in the prefect knowledge of nature It is senseless to speak of such perfect knowledge, however, in the case of the human sciences.

What, he asks, are the consequences for understanding [which] follow from the fact that belonging to a tradition is a condition of hermeneutics He recalls in this regard the longestablished fundamental rule of hermeneutics that we must understand the whole in terms of the detail and the detail in terms of the whole The anticipation of meaning in which the whole is envisaged becomes actual understanding when the parts that are determined by the whole themselves also determine this whole For example, when it comes to understanding the meaning of a sentence in a foreign language, Gadamer stresses that we must construe a sentence before we attempt to understand the linguistic meaning of the individual parts of the sentence.

But the process of construal is itself governed by an expectation of meaning that follows from the context of what has gone before.

It is of course necessary for this expectation to be adjusted if the text calls for it. This means, then, that the expectation changes and that the text unifies its meaning around another expectation.

Thus the movement of understanding is constantly from the whole to the part and back to the whole. The harmony of all the details with the whole is the criterion of correct understanding. The failure to achieve this harmony means that understanding has failed. It was Schleiermacher, too, who posited that the individual text is a manifestation of a creative moment and belongs to the whole of its authors inner life Full understanding can take place only within this objective and subjective whole Gadamer wonders, though, whether this is an adequate account of the circular.

He argues that when we try to understand a text, we do not try to transpose ourselves into the Authors mind but. This happens even in conversation, and it is a fortiori true of understanding what is written down that we are moving in a dimension of meaning that is intelligible in itself and as such offers no reason for going back to the subjectivity of the author. The task of hermeneutics is to clarify this miracle of understanding, which is not a mysterious communion of souls, but sharing in a common meaning.

Nature Across Cultures

The task of hermeneutics has always been to establish agreement where there was none or where it had been disturbed in some way The problem with romantic hermeneuticists like Schleiermacher and Dilthey is that they deny that the binding form of the tradition from which they come and in which they are situated provides a solid basis for all hermeneutic endeavour They and their followers in the nineteenth century conceive the task of hermeneutics in a way that is formally universal as they strove to harmonise it with the natural sciences ideal of objectivity by ignoring the concretion of historical consciousness in hermeneutical theory In Gadamers view, Heideggers existential grounding of the hermeneutical circle constitutes something of a decisive turning-point in the history of hermeneutics.

By contrast to Schleiermachers account, he describes the circle in such a way that the understanding of the text remains permanently determined by the anticipatory movement of fore-unerstanding The circle of whole and part is not dissolved in perfect understanding but, on the contrary, is most fully realised The act of interpretation is neither subjective nor objective but, rather, the result of the interplay of the movement of tradition and the movement of the interpreter The anticipation of meaning that governs understanding of a text is not an act of subjectivity, ut proceeds from the commonality that binds us to the tradition.

But this commonality is constantly being formed in our relation to the tradition. Tradition is not simply a permanent precondition; rather, we produce it ourselves inasmuch as understand, participate in the evolution of tradition, and hence further determines it ourselves The circle of understanding is not a methodological circle, but describes an element of the ontological structure of understanding Another formal condition of all understanding involves what Gadamer terms the fore-conception of completeness This is the assumption that when we reads a text we always assume its completeness, and only when this completeness proves mistaken i.

The reader assumes an immanent unity of meaning and his understanding is. We understand traditionary texts on the basis of expectations of meaning drawn from our own prior relation to the subject matter Initially at least, we do not question the veracity of what is there.

It is only when the attempt to accept what is said as true fails that we try to understand the text, psychologically or historically, as anothers opinion In short, the prejudice of completeness.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

This is further proof, to Gadamers mind that understanding means, primarily, to. The most basic of all hermeneutic preconditions remains ones own fore-understanding, which comes from being concerned with the same subject , and which determines what can be realised as unified meaning The meaning of belonging 00 the element of tradition in our historical-hermeneutical activity is fulfilled in the commonality of fundamental, enabling prejudices Hermeneutics must start from the position that a person seeking to understand something has a bond to the subject matter that comes into language through the traditionary text and has, or acquires, a connection with the tradition from which the text speaks.

There is a tension. The true locus of hermeneutics is this in-between. These conditions are given , not a method to be applied to the text. The prejudices and fore-meanings that occupy the interpreters consciousness are not at his free disposal.

He cannot separate in advance the productive prejudices that enable understanding form the prejudices that hinder it and lead to misunderstandings This separation takes place in the process of understanding itself and is linked to temporal distance and its significance for understanding Romantic hermeneutics conceived of understanding as the reproduction of an original production , the assumption being that one should be able to understand an author better than he understood himself This denotes an insuperable difference between the interpreter and the author that is created by historical distance Every age ahs to understand a transmitted text in its own way for the text belongs to the whole tradition who content interests the age and in which it seeks to understand itself.

The real meaning of a text, as it speaks to an interpreter, does not depend on the contingencies of the author and his original audience. It certainly is not identical with them, for it is always co-determined also by the historical situation of the interpreter and hence by the totality of the objective course of history. Not just occasionally but always, the meaning of a text goes beyond the author. That is why understanding is not merely a reproductive activity but always a productive activity as well.

From this point of view, we are concerned not with the individuality and what it thinks but with the truth of what is said, a text is not understood as a mere expression of life but is taken seriously in its claim to truth This dimension of the hermeneutical problem was discredited by historical consciousness and the psychological turn that Schleiermacher gave to hermeneutics It is Heidegger that allowed us to understand understanding from this perspective when he understood Daseins mode of being in terms of time Time is no longer primarily a gulf to be bridged because it separates; it is actually the supportive ground of the course of events in which the present is rooted.

Hence temporal distance is not something that must be overcome. This was,. In fact the important thing is to recognise temporal distance as a positive and productive condition enabling understanding.

It is not a yawning abyss but is filled with the continuity of custom and tradition, in the light of which everything handed down present itself to us. We are too close to such creations in time and thus our evaluations are apt to be shaky. Only when all their relations to the present time have faded away can their real nature appear, so that the understanding of what is said in them can claim to be authoritative and universal This experience has led to the view that objective knowledge can be achieved only if there has been a certain historical distance Gadamer agrees that the intrinsic content of a phenomenon, the permanent significance of something can first be known objectively only when it is divorced from the fleeting circumstances that gave rise to it , that is, when it is thought to belong to a closed context In all this there is more than a hint of the sharpening of the methodological self-consciousness of science Temporal distance , it is thought, lets the true meaning of the object emerge fully because all kinds of things are filtered out that obscure the true meaning Temporal distance is thought to solve questions of critique in hermeneutics, namely how to distinguish the true prejudices, by which we understand, from the false ones, by which we misunderstand So-called historical consciousness is thought to make conscious the prejudices governing our own understanding, so that the text, as another's meaning, can be isolated and valued on its own.

Foregrounding abheben a prejudice clearly requires suspending its validity for us. For as long as our mind is influenced by a prejudice, we do not consider it a judgment.

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It is impossible to make ourselves aware of a prejudice while it is constantly operating unnoticed, but only when it is, so to speak, provoked. The encounter with a traditionary text can provide this provocation by forcing us to question our assumptions, for which reason But all suspension of judgments and hence, a fortiori, of prejudices, has the logical structure of a question However, Gadamer is of the view that this does not mean that prejudice is simply set aside and the text or the other person accepted as valid in its place Rather, our own prejudice is properly brought into play by being put at risk.

Only by being given full play is it able to experience the other's claim to truth and make it possible for him to have full play himself Gadamer accuses so-called historicism of naivet for trusting to the fact that its procedure is methodical whereby it forgets its own historicity Gadamer explains: We must here appeal from a badly understood historical thinking to one that can better perform the task of understanding.

Real historical thinking must take account of its own historicity. Only then will it cease to chase the phantom of a historical object that is the object of progressive research, and learn to view the object as the counterpart of itself and hence understand both.

The true historical object is not an object at all, but the unity of the one and the other, a relationship that constitutes both the reality of history and the reality of historical understanding. A hermeneutics adequate to the subject matter. I shall refer to this as history of effect. Understanding is, essentially, a historically effected event. However, he stresses, the history of effect is generally regarded as a mere supplement to historical inquiry The importance of thinking historical consciousness through requires an inquiry into history of effect every time a work of art or an aspect of the tradition is led out of the twilight region between tradition and history so that it can be seen clearly and openly in terms of its own meaning Gadamer stresses that he is not saying that historical inquiry should develop inquiry into the history of effect as a kind of inquiry separate from understanding the work itself Rather, historical consciousness must become conscious that in the apparent immediacy with which it approaches a work that there is also another kind of inquiry in play, albeit unrecognized and unregulated.

If we are trying to understand a historical phenomenon from the historical distance that is characteristic of our hermeneutical situation, we are always already affected by history. It determines in advance both what seems to us worth inquiring about and what will appear as an object of investigation, and we more or less forget half of what is really therein fact, we miss the whole truth of the phenomenonwhen we take its immediate appearance as the whole truth.

In our understanding, which we imagine is so innocent because its results seem so self-evident, the other presents itself so much in terms of our own selves that there is no longer a question of self and other.

In relying on its critical method, historical objectivism conceals the fact that historical consciousness is itself situated in the web of historical effects. By means of methodical critique it does away with the arbitrariness of relevant appropriations of the past, but it preserves its good conscience by failing to recognize the presuppositions certainly not arbitrary, but still fundamental that govern its own understanding, and hence falls short of reaching that truth which, despite the finite nature of our understanding, could be reached.

We must recognise, Gadamer argues, that in all understanding, whether we are expressly aware of it or not, the efficacy of history is at work When a naive faith in scientific method denies the existence of effective history, there can be an actual deformation of knowledge Moreover, the power of effective history does not depend on its being recognized It is in this, precisely, that the power of history over finite human consciousness lies, namely that it prevails even where faith in method leads one to deny one's own historicity All in all, our need to become conscious of effective history is urgent because it is necessary for scientific consciousness Gadamer stresses that historically effected consciousness wirkungsgeschichtliches Bewufttsein is a key ingredient in the act of understanding itself and, as we shall see, is already effectual in finding the right questions to ask Consciousness of being affected by history wirkungsgeschichtliches.

Bewufttsein is primarily consciousness of the hermeneutical situation. To acquire an awareness of a situation is, however, always a task of peculiar difficulty. The very idea of a situation means that we are not standing outside it and hence are unable to have any objective knowledge of it.

We always find ourselves within a situation, and throwing light on it is a task that is never entirely finished. This is also true of the hermeneutic situation i. The illumination of this situation reflection on effective history can never be completely achieved; yet the fact that it cannot be completed is due not to a deficiency in reflection but to the essence of the historical being that we are. To be historically means that knowledge of oneself can never be complete.

All self-knowledge arises from what is historically pregiven,. Hence essential to the concept of situation is the concept of horizon. The horizon is the range of vision that includes everything that can be seen from a particular vantage point Since Nietzsche and Husserl, the word has been used in philosophy to characterize the way in which thought is tied to its finite determinacy, and the way one's range of vision is gradually expanded. A person who has no horizon does not see far enough and hence over-values what is nearest to him.

On the other hand, "to have a horizon" means not being limited to what is nearby but being able to see beyond it. A person who has an horizon knows the relative significance of everything within this horizon, whether it is near or far, great or small. The term horizon comes into play when referring to the claim of historical consciousness to see the past in its own terms, not in terms of our contemporary criteria and prejudices but within its own historical horizon.

In conclusion, I look briefly at so-called British idealism, an important turn-of-the-century movement that generated the strong anti-idealist turn — particularly with Moore and Russell — that paved the way for the emergence of analytic philosophy. Under such dramatic circumstances, even the title of his master work remained uncertain. Originally, Hegel had selected Science of the Experience of Consciousness before opting at the last moment for Phenomenology of Spirit.

It was Hegel, however, who made phenomenology famous as a philosophical approach in its own right. The concept of phenomeno- logy was to have a fascinating career in modern thought, being later transformed in quite different directions by Edmund Husserl — , Martin Heidegger — , Jean-Paul Sartre —80 and Maurice Merleau-Ponty — But what did Hegel mean by this term?

Hegelian phenomenology is a philosophical method that describes and interprets interconnected patterns of knowledge as an appearance knowledge-claims that make an appearance in our historical world. It shows how consciousness resolves this conflict between its assumed form of knowledge and its experience, that is, the result of its attempt to know the world in such and such a way.

Taken together, these institutionally embodied forms of shared meaning and situated knowledge comprise the historical spirit and self-understanding of a rationally organized human community.

What the phenomenological enquiry explores is the development of natural consciousness into philosophical know- ledge. If a contradiction emerges between the experience of consciousness and its claim to knowledge, consciousness reconstructs the relationship between knowledge and object so as to correspond with its experience. What emerges is thus a new relation between knowledge and its object, a new configuration of knowing and truth. This passage is famous for many reasons.

Yet for Hegel it was only one brief episode in the tran- sition from consciousness of the world to rational forms of theoretical and practical self-consciousness. It emerges out of the experience of desire, the fact that our first experience of self-consciousness, so to speak, is as living, desiring beings immersed in a natural environment.

In satisfying our animal desires we gain a fleeting sense of self-identity, for once our desire for food, drink, sex is satisfied, it disappears, only to return and demand further satisfaction. By incorporating a desired object into myself, I gain a temporary and unstable sense of my self- identity, which is disrupted as soon as I am once again in the grip of the desire for another object.

Although there are traditionally a number of moral and ethical responses to the problem of controlling desire Epicureanism, Stoicism, and so on , Hegel will argue that it is only in desiring recognition or acknowledgement from another living, desiring subject that we can gain genuine satisfaction and a lasting sense of self-identity.

But to achieve this aim destroying the other subject would be self-defeating, victory over a corpse rather than acknowledgement from a living being. So one of the protagonists in the struggle must capitulate, renouncing his independence and submitting to the will of the other; the other thereby succeeds in having his independence acknowledged, albeit under duress. The slave thus chooses life, curbs his desire, learns self-discipline, develops his abilities and skills in labouring for the master, and slowly comes to recognize his power to transform the objective world through work or collective labour.

In the long run, Hegel intimates, the slave will arrive at a truer conception of freedom, recognizing the interconnection between dependence and independence, and developing a sense of self- identity through work and contribution to the social community. Nonetheless, both master and slave remain locked in an unhappy relation of domination: the master cannot gain recognition of his independence, for the slave remains a dependent being.

The slave, meanwhile, remains enslaved to the master, and denied proper recog- nition of his humanity and freedom. Indeed, the experience of mastery and slavery teaches consciousness that not only life but freedom is essential to it. This is the experience of the alienated subject, and its various attempts to deal with the consequences of an inadequate conception of freedom. This is a rather stylized presentation of Stoicism, which, to speak generally, advocated detachment from excessive forms of passion through the exercise of reason and rational self-control.

Nonetheless, Hegel emphasizes the centrality of free rational thought in his account, and even argues that Stoicism, in the end, can only offer truisms and platitudes that ultimately result in boredom! Hence the next strategy is to radicalize this freedom of thought, turning it against all claims to knowledge.

This is scepticism as the freedom of pure thought, which denies all claims to knowledge in the name of the radical freedom of the rational thinking subject. Yet this thinking subject remains an embodied, living, desiring being, existing in a social world with others. One can really be a sceptic only in theory, for acting in the world requires that we assume the truth of those very concepts that are rejected in the name of sceptical doubt.

This is the alienated, religious subject, who struggles against his own internal self-contradictoriness as both divine and profane , and strives in vain to unite these universal and particular dimensions of selfhood.

The universal aspect is projected outwards into an eternal unchanging essence God , while the particular aspect remains bound to the degraded body, senses and ego of the individ- ual.

The unhappy consciousness thus embarks on ever more radical attempts to unite the unchanging and particular aspects of its alienated subjectivity, first through religious devotion, then in the performance of good works, and finally via utter self-abnegation. But the unhappy consciousness can only overcome its worsening alienation once it realizes that it cannot forcibly unify the universal aspect of its selfhood with its particular bodily experience.

Rather, the universal and the particular are contrasting dimensions of self-consciousness, which will eventually be united in the embodied rational individual. My rational subjectivity is always mediated by my relations with others, by my being recognized within an intersubjective context of rational interac- tions.

The phenomenological experience of consciousness passes through self-consciousness, theor- etical and practical reason, and different historical versions of spirit, from Greek antiquity, medieval Christianity, to Enlightenment cul- ture and modern bourgeois society.

Once we have traversed this phenomenological path, we attain a level that enables us to embark upon speculative philosophy proper. Phenomenology thus enables us. It is only when the attempt to accept what is said as true fails that we try to understand the text, psychologically or historically, as anothers opinion In short, the prejudice of completeness. This is further proof, to Gadamers mind that understanding means, primarily, to Richard L.

Clarke LITS Notes 11A 11 understand the content of what is said, and only secondarily to isolate and understand anothers meaning as such The most basic of all hermeneutic preconditions remains ones own fore-understanding, which comes from being concerned with the same subject , and which determines what can be realised as unified meaning The meaning of belonging 00 the element of tradition in our historical-hermeneutical activity is fulfilled in the commonality of fundamental, enabling prejudices : Hermeneutics must start from the position that a person seeking to understand something has a bond to the subject matter that comes into language through the traditionary text and has, or acquires, a connection with the tradition from which the text speaks.

There is a tension. The true locus of hermeneutics is this in-between. These conditions are given , not a method to be applied to the text. The prejudices and fore-meanings that occupy the interpreters consciousness are not at his free disposal.

He cannot separate in advance the productive prejudices that enable understanding form the prejudices that hinder it and lead to misunderstandings This separation takes place in the process of understanding itself and is linked to temporal distance and its significance for understanding Romantic hermeneutics conceived of understanding as the reproduction of an original production , the assumption being that one should be able to understand an author better than he understood himself This denotes an insuperable difference between the interpreter and the author that is created by historical distance : Every age ahs to understand a transmitted text in its own way for the text belongs to the whole tradition who content interests the age and in which it seeks to understand itself.

The real meaning of a text, as it speaks to an interpreter, does not depend on the contingencies of the author and his original audience. It certainly is not identical with them, for it is always co-determined also by the historical situation of the interpreter and hence by the totality of the objective course of history.

Not just occasionally but always, the meaning of a text goes beyond the author. That is why understanding is not merely a reproductive activity but always a productive activity as well. From this point of view, we are concerned not with the individuality and what it thinks but with the truth of what is said, a text is not understood as a mere expression of life but is taken seriously in its claim to truth This dimension of the hermeneutical problem was discredited by historical consciousness and the psychological turn that Schleiermacher gave to hermeneutics It is Heidegger that allowed us to understand understanding from this perspective when he understood Daseins mode of being in terms of time Time is no longer primarily a gulf to be bridged because it separates; it is actually the supportive ground of the course of events in which the present is rooted.

Hence temporal distance is not something that must be overcome. This was, Richard L. Clarke LITS Notes 11A 12 rather, the naive assumption of historicism, namely that we must transpose ourselves into the spirit of the age, think with its ideas and its thoughts, not with our own, and thus advance towards historical objectivity. In fact the important thing is to recognise temporal distance as a positive and productive condition enabling understanding.

It is not a yawning abyss but is filled with the continuity of custom and tradition, in the light of which everything handed down present itself to us. We are too close to such creations in time and thus our evaluations are apt to be shaky.

Only when all their relations to the present time have faded away can their real nature appear, so that the understanding of what is said in them can claim to be authoritative and universal This experience has led to the view that objective knowledge can be achieved only if there has been a certain historical distance Gadamer agrees that the intrinsic content of a phenomenon, the permanent significance of something can first be known objectively only when it is divorced from the fleeting circumstances that gave rise to it , that is, when it is thought to belong to a closed context : only then does it seem possible to exclude the subjective involvement of the observer In all this there is more than a hint of the sharpening of the methodological self-consciousness of science Temporal distance , it is thought, lets the true meaning of the object emerge fully because all kinds of things are filtered out that obscure the true meaning Temporal distance is thought to solve questions of critique in hermeneutics, namely how to distinguish the true prejudices, by which we understand, from the false ones, by which we misunderstand So-called historical consciousness is thought to make conscious the prejudices governing our own understanding, so that the text, as another's meaning, can be isolated and valued on its own.

Foregrounding abheben a prejudice clearly requires suspending its validity for us. For as long as our mind is influenced by a prejudice, we do not consider it a judgment. It is impossible to make ourselves aware of a prejudice while it is constantly operating unnoticed, but only when it is, so to speak, provoked.

The encounter with a traditionary text can provide this provocation by forcing us to question our assumptions, for which reason But all suspension of judgments and hence, a fortiori, of prejudices, has the logical structure of a question However, Gadamer is of the view that this does not mean that prejudice is simply set aside and the text or the other person accepted as valid in its place Rather, our own prejudice is properly brought into play by being put at risk.

Only by being given full play is it able to experience the other's claim to truth and make it possible for him to have full play himself Gadamer accuses so-called historicism of naivet for trusting to the fact that its procedure is methodical whereby it forgets its own historicity Gadamer explains: We must here appeal from a badly understood historical thinking to one that can better perform the task of understanding.

Real historical thinking must take account of its own historicity. Only then will it cease to chase the phantom of a historical object that is the object of progressive research, and learn to view the object as the counterpart of itself and hence understand both.

The true historical object is not an object at all, but the unity of the one and the other, a relationship that constitutes both the reality of history and the reality of historical understanding. A hermeneutics adequate to the subject matter Richard L. Clarke LITS Notes 11A 13 would have to demonstrate the reality and efficacy of history within understanding itself.

I shall refer to this as history of effect. Understanding is, essentially, a historically effected event. However, he stresses, the history of effect is generally regarded as a mere supplement to historical inquiry The importance of thinking historical consciousness through requires an inquiry into history of effect every time a work of art or an aspect of the tradition is led out of the twilight region between tradition and history so that it can be seen clearly and openly in terms of its own meaning Gadamer stresses that he is not saying that historical inquiry should develop inquiry into the history of effect as a kind of inquiry separate from understanding the work itself Rather, historical consciousness must become conscious that in the apparent immediacy with which it approaches a work that there is also another kind of inquiry in play, albeit unrecognized and unregulated.

If we are trying to understand a historical phenomenon from the historical distance that is characteristic of our hermeneutical situation, we are always already affected by history. It determines in advance both what seems to us worth inquiring about and what will appear as an object of investigation, and we more or less forget half of what is really therein fact, we miss the whole truth of the phenomenonwhen we take its immediate appearance as the whole truth.

In our understanding, which we imagine is so innocent because its results seem so self-evident, the other presents itself so much in terms of our own selves that there is no longer a question of self and other.

In relying on its critical method, historical objectivism conceals the fact that historical consciousness is itself situated in the web of historical effects.

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By means of methodical critique it does away with the arbitrariness of relevant appropriations of the past, but it preserves its good conscience by failing to recognize the presuppositions certainly not arbitrary, but still fundamental that govern its own understanding, and hence falls short of reaching that truth which, despite the finite nature of our understanding, could be reached.

We must recognise, Gadamer argues, that in all understanding, whether we are expressly aware of it or not, the efficacy of history is at work When a naive faith in scientific method denies the existence of effective history, there can be an actual deformation of knowledge Moreover, the power of effective history does not depend on its being recognized It is in this, precisely, that the power of history over finite human consciousness lies, namely that it prevails even where faith in method leads one to deny one's own historicity All in all, our need to become conscious of effective history is urgent because it is necessary for scientific consciousness Gadamer stresses that historically effected consciousness wirkungsgeschichtliches Bewufttsein is a key ingredient in the act of understanding itself and, as we shall see, is already effectual in finding the right questions to ask : Consciousness of being affected by history wirkungsgeschichtliches Richard L.

To acquire an awareness of a situation is, however, always a task of peculiar difficulty. The very idea of a situation means that we are not standing outside it and hence are unable to have any objective knowledge of it. We always find ourselves within a situation, and throwing light on it is a task that is never entirely finished. This is also true of the hermeneutic situation i. The illumination of this situation reflection on effective history can never be completely achieved; yet the fact that it cannot be completed is due not to a deficiency in reflection but to the essence of the historical being that we are.

To be historically means that knowledge of oneself can never be complete. All self-knowledge arises from what is historically pregiven,. Hence essential to the concept of situation is the concept of horizon. The horizon is the range of vision that includes everything that can be seen from a particular vantage point Since Nietzsche and Husserl, the word has been used in philosophy to characterize the way in which thought is tied to its finite determinacy, and the way one's range of vision is gradually expanded.

A person who has no horizon does not see far enough and hence over-values what is nearest to him. On the other hand, "to have a horizon" means not being limited to what is nearby but being able to see beyond it. A person who has an horizon knows the relative significance of everything within this horizon, whether it is near or far, great or small. The term horizon comes into play when referring to the claim of historical consciousness to see the past in its own terms, not in terms of our contemporary criteria and prejudices but within its own historical horizon.

The task of historical understanding also involves acquiring an appropriate historical horizon, so that what we are trying to understand can be seen in its true dimensions.

If we fail to transpose ourselves into the historical horizon from which the traditionary text speaks, we will misunderstand the significance of what it has to say to us. Gadamer draws a comparison between this view of historical understanding and a one-sided conversation, such as that which occurs between a doctor and patient, where no true dialogue occurs in that the doctor is intent upon discovering more about his patients condition rather than revealing things about himself.

By factoring the other person's standpoint into what he is claiming to say, we are making our own standpoint safely unattainable We may think we understand when we see the past from a historical standpoint i. In fact, however, we have given up the claim to find in the past any truth that is valid and intelligible for ourselves my italics; by acknowledging the otherness of the other and making him the object of objective knowledge Gadamer clearly questions this view.

He asks rhetorically: Richard L. Clarke LITS Notes 11A 15 Are there really two different horizons here the horizon in which the person seeking to understand lives and the historical horizon within which he places himself? Is it a correct description of the art of historical understanding to say that we learn to transpose ourselves into alien horizons?

Are there such things as closed horizons, in this sense? Is the horizon of one's own present time ever closed in this way, and can a historical situation be imagined that has this kind of closed horizon? The historical movement of human life consists in the fact that it is never absolutely bound to any one standpoint, and hence can never have a truly closed horizon. The horizon is, rather, something into which we move and that moves with us.

Horizons change for a person who is moving. Thus the horizon of the past, out of which all human life lives and which exists in the form of tradition, is always in motion.

The surrounding horizon is not set in motion by historical consciousness.

But in it this motion becomes aware of itself. When our historical consciousness transposes itself into historical horizons, this does not entail passing into alien worlds unconnected in any way with our own; instead, they together constitute the one great horizon that moves from within and that, beyond the frontiers of the present, embraces the historical depths of our self-consciousness.

Everything contained in historical consciousness is in fact embraced by a single historical horizon. Our own past and that other past toward which our historical consciousness is directed help to shape this moving horizon out of which human life always lives and which determines it as heritage and tradition.

But it is not the case that we acquire this horizon by transposing ourselves into a historical situation. Rather, we must always already have a horizon in order to be able to transpose ourselves into a situation.

For what do we mean by transposing ourselves? Certainly not just disregarding ourselves. This is necessary, of course, insofar as we must imagine the other situation.

But into this other situation we must bring, precisely, ourselves.

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Only this is the full meaning of transposing ourselves. If we put ourselves in someone else's shoes, for example, then we will understand him i. The concept of horizon suggests itself because it expresses the superior breadth of vision that the person who is trying to understand must have.

To acquire a horizon means that one learns to look beyond what is close at hand not in order to look away from it but to see it better, within a larger whole and in truer proportion. Richard L. Clarke LITS Notes 11A 16 This encounter between or balance of the past and the present implies a process of foregrounding abheben : Whatever is being foregrounded must be foregrounded from something else, which, in turn, must be foregrounded from it.

Thus all foregrounding also makes visible that from which something is foregrounded. They constitute, then the horizon of a particular present, for they represent that beyond which it is impossible to see.Their fiction is less nostalgic, yet emphasizing intercultural mobility.

Justice, Sustainability and Peace. The Unfinished Story of C. Eco developmental projects, ecological destruction, environmental degradation, indigenous people, displacement, poverty, underdevelopment, ecological refugees. This was in turn the fulfilment of the Enlightenment,. The prestige and status that the community had garnered for itself had gone with the British.

For that man is concerned here with himself and his own creations Vico is only an apparent solution of the problem posed by historical knowledge. In so doing, though, such a reversal of Enlightenment values merely perpetuates the abstract contrast between myth and reason The Daughters of Danaus Vol.

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