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Understanding as the Mode of Being in the World
Reihe: International Studies in Hermeneutics and Phenomenology
Bd. 11, 560 S., 79.90 EUR, 79.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-91151-3
Existentia hermeneutica is phronetic existence with the aim of cultivating practical wisdom in human life: It comes from life, influences life, and transforms life. Understanding what is happening in life requires reaching the hermeneutic truth, which is the truth of understanding. The experience of hermeneutic truth calls for personal commitment and existential response, and, thus, expresses the hermeneutic moral imperative. Referring to Heidegger’s phenomenological analytics of Dasein, Gadamer emphasizes that understanding is not only one of the human capabilities, but a way of Dasein’s being-in-the-world.
Andrzej Wierciński, Professor of Philosophy of Education, University of Warsaw, and President of the International Institute for Hermeneutics.