Self-Understanding and Lifeworld

Self-Understanding and Lifeworld

Basic Traits of a Phenomenological Hermeneutics
Hans-Helmuth Gander, translated by Ryan Drake and Joshua Rayman
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/06/2017
ISBN: 978-0-253-02607-1
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What are the foundations of human self-understanding and the value of responsible philosophical questioning? Focusing on Heidegger's early work on facticity, historicity, and the phenomenological hermeneutics of factical-historical life, Hans-Helmuth Gander develops an idea of understanding that reflects our connection with the world and other, and thus invites deep consideration of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. He draws usefully on Husserl's phenomenology and provides grounds for exchange with Descartes, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Foucault. On the way to developing a contemporary hermeneutical philosophy, Gander clarifies the human relation to self in and through conversation with Heidegger's early hermeneutics. Questions about reading and writing then follow as these are the very actions that structure human self-understanding and world understanding.

Author Bio

Hans-Helmuth Gander is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Husserl Archive at the University of Freiburg.

Ryan Drake is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He specializes in 20th century European philosophy and ancient philosophy.

Joshua Rayman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is author of Kant on Sublimity and Morality.


“Gander's Self-Understanding and Lifeworld is an eminent text within contemporary Continental philosophy. An English translation is essential and Ryan Drake and Joshua Rayman have done an admirable job preserving the style of the German.”
 — Lawrence K. Schmidt, author of Understanding Hermeneutics

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Table of Contents

Translators’ Introduction
1. Exposition of the Connection Between Self-Being, Lifeworld, and History
2. Conception and Outline of the Treatise with an Excursis on the Paratextual Functions of Remarks
Part One. In the Network of Texts: Toward the Perspective Character of Understanding
3. Inception and Beginning: Toward a Fore-Structure of Understanding
4. Approaching the Question of Interpretation: On the Relation of "Author-Text-Reader"
5. On the Relation of Writing and Reading to Self-Formation
6. The Text as a Connection of Sense in the Horizon of the Occurrence of Tradition as Effective History
7. In the Governing Network of Discourse
8. The Sense-Creating Potential of Texts: The Modification of the World
9. Excursis on the Metaphor of the "Book of the World"
10. In the Network of Tradition: On Understanding as an Incursion into the Current of Texts
11. On the Interpretive Character of Knowledge in the Wake of the Historicity of Understanding
12. Parenthesis on the Discourse of Metaphysics "as such" as a Problem of an Epochal Revaluation in View of a Signature of the Present
13. Critical Remarks on the Concept of an Absolute Reason
Part Two. I and World: The Question Concerning the Ground of Philosophy
Chapter One. On the Search for the Certainty of the I
14. Toward the Task of a Hermeneutical Interpretation of the Concept and its Relation to Everyday Experience: An Approximation
15. Wonder and Doubt: On the Entry-Point of Philosophical Reflection
16. Under the Spell of Certainty: Descartes’ Self-Certainty of the ‘I am’ as a Hermeneutical Problem
17. The Ontological Positioning of the Cartesian Ego Between Acquisition of the Self and Loss of the World
Chapter Two. On Life in Lifeworlds: Critical Considerations of Husserl’s Phenomenology of the Lifeworld
18. The Concept of ‘Lifeworld’ as an Indication of the Problem
19. Husserl’s Recourse to as an "Irru