Hans-Georg Gadamer Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Dostal, Robert J., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. This collection of thirteen essays serves as a introductory overview for those new to Gadamer’s philosophy and as a useful summary for those already acquainted with it.

Grondin, Jean. Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biography. Translated by Joel Weinsheimer. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003. An intellectual biography written by one of Gadamer’s former pupils. Draws on interviews with Gadamer and his friends and associates, correspondence, and archival research.

Hahn, Lewis Edwin, ed. The Philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Library of Living Philosophers, vol. 24. Chicago: Open Court Press, 1996. The series in which this volume appears is designed to create a context in which great living philosophers can respond to critical essays on their works. This volume contains twenty-nine essays by leading experts on a variety of aspects of Gadamer’s works and his individual responses. The work also contains an excellent, comprehensive bibliography.

Palmer, Richard. Hermeneutics. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1969. This book was instrumental in introducing hermeneutics to an American audience. The clarity of Palmer’s presentation makes this volume an excellent starting point for...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Hans-Georg Gadamer (GAH-duh-mur) devoted most of his life to philosophy and especially to the issues of interpretation theory, providing many influential works on philosophical hermeneutics. His father was a researcher and professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, and Gadamer was reared surrounded by intellectual pursuits despite the stirrings of World War I around him. Gadamer relates that his father’s own interests went beyond the natural sciences, and he easily surpassed his son in his ability to quote Horace. Nevertheless, he disapproved of his son’s predisposition toward literature and theater, preferring that he pursue more worthwhile studies. Gadamer was exposed to philosophy at the age of eighteen, attempting to read...

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