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1. Matthew H. Hartman. Strauss and Gadamer: Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, and Historicism</h1>.

Degree: PhD, Political Science, 2018, University of Notre Dame

This dissertation investigates the problem of historicism from the perspectives of Leo Strauss’s political philosophy and Hans-Georg Gadamer’s hermeneutics. Both present historicism as a crisis that undermines our ability to properly interpret eras other than our own. Consequently, they develop distinct applications of interpretative theory to explain both how to understand others and—more importantly—how to consider truth itself. On the one hand, Strauss treats historicism as the manifestation of the inherent problems of modernity. By denying the possibility of understanding fundamental questions in the manner that Socrates approaches them, Strauss argues that modernity has abandoned the quest for truth. He thus posits that we can “return” to the fundamental questions of the ancient philosophers themselves as proof that the modern abandonment of classical philosophy was a mistake. Instead of searching for a “new dispensation of Being” or novel tools to understand the world, we can think like the ancients did. In contrast, Gadamer treats the discovery of “historical consciousness” [geschichtliches Bewußtsein] as a serious break between the ancients and moderns. Because we have learned how history “always already” prefigures who we are, this recognition requires us to design new tools for interpreting reality. Fortunately, Gadamer argues that through hermeneutics we can properly interpret truth as an endless conversation that—while always changing—represents a real set of understandings that enable discourse. Although` Gadamer and Strauss have many serious disagreements about the nature of historicism, they both agree that interpretive discourse is the one thing needful for approaching the political problems that undermine the possibility of practicing philosophy. Advisors/Committee Members: Catherine H. Zuckert, Committee Member, Michael P. Zuckert, Research Director, Dana R. Villa, Committee Member.

Subjects/Keywords: Political Theory

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APA (6th Edition):

Hartman, M. H. (2018). Strauss and Gadamer: Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, and Historicism</h1>. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Notre Dame. Retrieved from https://curate.nd.edu/show/1544bp01t7b

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Hartman, Matthew H.. “Strauss and Gadamer: Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, and Historicism</h1>.” 2018. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Notre Dame. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://curate.nd.edu/show/1544bp01t7b.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Hartman, Matthew H.. “Strauss and Gadamer: Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, and Historicism</h1>.” 2018. Web. 21 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Hartman MH. Strauss and Gadamer: Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, and Historicism</h1>. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Notre Dame; 2018. [cited 2019 Feb 21]. Available from: https://curate.nd.edu/show/1544bp01t7b.

Council of Science Editors:

Hartman MH. Strauss and Gadamer: Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, and Historicism</h1>. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Notre Dame; 2018. Available from: https://curate.nd.edu/show/1544bp01t7b

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