The Importance of Philosophical Hermeneutics For Literature and Religion

Authored by: Jens Zimmermann

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415834056
eBook ISBN: 9780203498910
Adobe ISBN: 9781135051105

10.4324/9780203498910.ch9

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Abstract

Literature and religion were the two most important shaping influences of human culture in the West until the scientific revolution, with its initial conception of a mechanical universe, undermined the hitherto generally accepted notion that the human mind participated in an inherently meaningful cosmos. 1 Recognizing this break with the long-standing notion that human consciousness participates in a greater, meaningful reality is crucial for any adequate understanding of philosophical hermeneutics because this particular twentieth-century branch of continental philosophy depicts itself as an attempt to heal the breach caused by the scientific revolution.

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