College of Arts and Sciences


  • Seattle University to Host Hermeneutics Society

    June 28, 2010

    Hermeneutics scholars from throughout North America and Europe will convene at Seattle University for the fifth annual meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics on September 16-18, 2010. The meeting coincides with the 50th anniversary of Truth and Method by Hans-Georg Gadamer, one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century.

    “Gadamer’s hand is felt throughout the arts and sciences,” said Dean David Powers. “We’re pleased to host this important conference .”

    Hermeneutics, the theory and methodology of interpretation, pertains especially to Scripture.  Gadamer, who died in 2002 at the age of 102, held that philosophical hermeneutics combines awareness of the historical context with the perspective of the individual to produce greater understanding.  Conference attendees will present on Gadamer’s writings, which have influenced the humanities and social sciences, including art history and jurisprudence, and the future of philosophical hermeneutics.


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