Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method

Dockhorn, Klaus; Brown, Marvin
July 1980
Philosophy & Rhetoric;Summer1980, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p160
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a review made by Klaus Dockhorn on the book, entitled Truth and Methods, written by Hans-Georg Gadamer. The length of Dockhorn's review has necessitated condensing his presentation of Gadamer's detailed arguments, but the article sought to retain Gadamer's and Dockhorn's contributions for the continued study of the rhetoric of hermeneutics. The book is divided into three parts: First, the question of truth as it emerges in the experience of art. Second, the extension of the question of truth to understanding in the human sciences. And third, the ontological shift of hermeneutics guided by language. The first two parts follow a similar pattern of first presenting a historical analysis of key concepts and then examining their epistemological implications. The article will generally follow the outline of the book. In this consideration, it becomes problematic whether with the concept of Cransference (as the basis of a metaphorotogy), as a discovery of a new aspect of a thing, one does justice to the concerns of poetry and eloquence. Tropus, the turning of the soul into a being-beside-itself, seems to be the general heading for metaphor and Quintilian speaks specifically of motus.


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