Hegel’s Hermeneutics and Intellectual Humility



Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Distinctio
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web https://distinctio.net/index.php/home/article/view/19
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.56550/d.1.2.5
Keywords Hermeneutics; Intellectual humility; Assimilative Hermeneutics; Reconstructive Hermeneutics; Hegel
Description I argue that Hegel uses two distinct approaches to hermeneutics in his works, viz. the assimilative and the reconstructive approach. I characterize them, explain why Hegel uses both and focus on their presuppositions. In the light of these reflections, I address the alleged contradiction between Hegel’s reflections on interpretation and their application. Contrary to some literature, I argue that Hegel’s hermeneutical practice does not deviate from his theoretical approach to interpretation. Then I focus on the issue whether and to which extent these two approaches are intellectually humble practices. I argue that only the reconstructive approach advanced in the Phenomenology is intellectually humble in contrast to the assimilative approach advanced in Hegel’s Lectures.
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