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Gadamer's "Practice" of Theoria

Gadamer's "Practice" of Theoria

Title: Gadamer's "Practice" of Theoria
Author: Konchak, William
Date: 2020
Language: English
Scope: 453-465
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Hugvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Humanities (UI)
Department: Sagnfræði- og heimspekideild (HÍ)
Faculty of History and Philosophy (UI)
Series: Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy;24(2)
DOI: 10.5840/epoche202034164
Subject: Philosophy; Hermeneutics; Gadamer; Theoria; Ancient philosophy; Heimspeki; Túlkunarfræði; Grísk heimspeki
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1848

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Konchak, W. (2020). Gadamer's "Practice" of Theoria. Epoché, 24(2), Spring, 453-465. https://doi.org/10.5840/epoche202034164


This paper explores the Greek conception of theoria, Gadamer’s interpretation of it, and how he applies it to his own hermeneutics. In particular, the transition that Gadamer makes from traditional metaphysical perspectives of theoria in ancient thought towards the activity of theoria within human life is explored, and the role that his aesthetics plays in this process. The importance of the intertwining of theory and practice for Gadamer is considered and what the practice of theoria may consist in. It is suggested that Gadamer’s approach, which emphasizes heightened experiences of interconnection to promote self-transformation, is a productive transformation of theoria relevant to contemporary points of view.


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