Themes of 20th century hermeneutics
The article begins with a consideration of the claim that hermeneutics has been a predominant current in the philosophy of the latter decades of the twentieth century. Certain topics in contemporary hermeneutic thought are then examined, such as the universality of hermeneutics, the linguistic nature of understanding, and the concept of belonging. The study brings out the limits and the implications of these themes, drawing upon the works of the philosophers involved in the discussion in the past few years. Although the article s chief point of reference is the thought of H.G. Gadamer, the reflections of other authors are brought to bear on il; these include P. Ricoeur, E. Betti, K. O. Apel, and L. Pareyson. The article concludes with an indication of the need for a more searching dialogue between the hermeneutical and metaphysical outlooks.