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Unfinished Worlds: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics and Gadamer

Nicholas Davey


Hans-Georg Gadamer’s poetics completely overturns the European aesthetic tradition. By concentrating on the experience of meaning, this book shows how Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics transforms aesthetics into a mode of attentive practice. Gadamer’s poetics has deep implications for all of the humanities, and how we can understand the meaning of poetry, art, literature, history and theology. His emphasis on participation promises, an approach that will revolutionise aesthetic and hermeneutic practice, and gives us new ways to think about the cultural productivity and social legitimacy of ... More

Keywords: poetry, Hans-George Gardamer, aesthetics, participation, cultural productivity, social legitimacy, hermeneutics, humanities, art, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748686223
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Davey, author
University of Dundee