Causality, Action and Effective History : Remarks on Gadamer, von Wright and Others

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Lindén , J-I 2017 , ' Causality, Action and Effective History : Remarks on Gadamer, von Wright and Others ' , Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology , vol. 48 , no. 3 , pp. 222-239 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2017.1303116

Title: Causality, Action and Effective History : Remarks on Gadamer, von Wright and Others
Author: Lindén, Jan-Ivar
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology
ISSN: 0007-1773
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2017.1303116
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233769
Abstract: Hermeneutics should take Gadamer's claims about experience and reality seriously, the hermeneutic urgency, described in the following concise ways: aus der Wahrheit des Erinnerns etwas entgegensetzen: das immer noch und immer wieder Wirkliche. WuM, p. XXVI eine Erfahrung, die Wirklichkeit erfahrt und selber wirklich ist. WuM, p. 329. Die Erfahrung lehrt, Wirkliches anzuerkennen. WuM, p. 339. preceded by a general remark about the aim of historical knowledge: eine Erkenntnis, die versteht, daB etwas so ist, weil sie versteht, daB es so gekommen ist. WuM, p. 2 This indicates an ontological primacy of history, which is a singular processual event (Geschehen) with a certain narrative dimension which can also be called history (Geschichte). Through this essential and at the same time particular finitude, meaning is given to us - and all the general aspects of explained reality are possible only inside such an effective history (Wirkungsgeschichte) which unites event and narration. The article will elaborate the special character of historical effects compared to the effects in the modern scheme of cause and effect and suggest a way of reading the classical distinction between understanding and explanation in a way which differs somewhat from Gadamer's, but also from Georg Henrik von Wright's similar concerns. It is also argued that Dilthey's notion of lived experience (Erlebnis) remains relevant inside a very much needed hermeneutic effort to include nature in history.
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