Hermeneutics

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Writes Scott Scott Weisman:

I have only just started reading Murray’s article in today’s edition.

I took a course on hermeneutics in college. I don’t remember the course title. But the book was Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method. The book was absolutely, utterly incomprehensible. In hindsight, I’m not sure why the prof even taught the course. I took it because of previous courses I took by him (European History and Philosophy of Science) in which he had a very refreshing and quite tolerant view of well-known episodes like Galileo (hint: He wasn’t the saint secularists try to paint him as, and neither was the church the villain they claim.) etc. I’m Jewish and have no interest in Christianity or other religions, but he also spoke quite positively about Christianity and the Catholic Church and their roles in furthering Western learning and science, which I thought interesting, even as a freshman. He really did have some influence in me forming a more skeptical eye on received wisdom. Anyway, that’s just wandering. Just reading about the subject brought back memories (:-).

7:24 am on October 4, 2012