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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (4) : 628-655
Horizons of Hermeneutics: Intercultural Hermeneutics in a Globalizing World
Jos de MUL()
Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3000 DR Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Starting from the often-used metaphor of the “horizon of experience” this article discusses three different types of intercultural hermeneutics, which respectively conceive hermeneutic interpretation as a widening of horizons, a fusion of horizons, and a dissemination of horizons. It is argued that these subsequent stages in the history of hermeneutics have their origin in—but are not fully restricted to—respectively premodern, modern and postmodern stages of globalization. Taking some striking moments of the encounter between Western and Chinese language and philosophy as example, the particular merits and flaws of these three types of hermeneutics are being discussed. The claim defended is that although these different types of hermeneutics are mutually exclusive from a theoretical point of view, as interpreting beings in the current era we depend on each of these distinct hermeneutic practices and cannot avoid living them simultaneously.

Keywords intercultural hermeneutics      globalization      horizon of interpretation      Chinese language      premodernism      modernism      postmodernism     
Corresponding Author(s): Jos de MUL,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2011
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Jos de MUL. Horizons of Hermeneutics: Intercultural Hermeneutics in a Globalizing World[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2011, 6(4): 628-655.
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