MR: “Recovering truth: A review of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method”

beehiveA new issue of The Mormon Review is available, with James E. Faulconer’s review of Truth and Method by Hans-Georg Gadamer. The article is available at:

James E. Faulconer, “Recovering truth:  A review of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method,” The Mormon Review, vol.2 no. 3. [HTML] [PDF]

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3 comments for “MR: “Recovering truth: A review of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method”

  1. Thanks. Makes me want to read Gadamer’s book.
    I like the way “truth” is parlayed into a distinction between
    self-understanding and certainty–that seems like a helpful
    analytical move. I need to think about it more.

    I’d have to revisit Kant’s third critique but I don’t remember Kant
    severing aesthetic experience from empirical truth; in fact, just
    the opposite. The early part of the third critique discusses the
    importance of reflective judgment in category creation, that is,
    creating larger universal categories to subsume particular objects
    of experience. Kant says this category creation carries a possible
    objective purposiveness. This applies to all creative work whether in
    science or art. In fact, one might say that accepted empirical categories
    are the accretions of a series of aesthetic judgments. Anyway, it’s been a while
    but I don’t think Kant himself severed the aesthetic from empirical
    truth claims.

    and science thus growing out of the same basic delimited from the manifold.he discusses the reflective
    power of judgment and its importance in category creation the creation
    of particular experience and then constructing larger or universal
    categories to subsume The aesthetic is integral to thought that Kant
    was suggesting early on in the very first sections that reflective
    judgement; that universal categories arise from particular based
    aesthetic judgments on particular categories in effect, empirical
    categories are the accretions of a series of aesthetic judgments

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