Philosophical Hermeneutics and Urban Encounters

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Pathirane , H 2020 , ' Philosophical Hermeneutics and Urban Encounters ' , Open Philosophy , vol. 3 , no. 1 , pp. 478–492 .

Title: Philosophical Hermeneutics and Urban Encounters
Author: Pathirane, Henrik
Contributor organization: Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Date: 2020-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Open Philosophy
ISSN: 2543-8875
Abstract: The paper applies Gadamerian hermeneutics to everyday situations of nonverbal social interaction in the urban space. First, relevant aspects of urban encounters are briefly discussed with philosophical hermeneutics’ relation to nonverbal communication and bodily understanding. Second, hermeneutic understanding is presented as conversation, and the ethical implications of hermeneutics are articulated: as philosophical practice, Gadamerian hermeneutics is about intensifying the voice of the other. There is a demand for mutual openness towards otherness. Connected to this attitude required for hermeneutic encounters are the ideas of a cosmopolitan public sphere and an inclusive hermeneutic community. After attending to these, the value of specifically urban encounters can be articulated. Urban context and built environment can in good circumstances assist in encountering the other hermeneutically. The passing communicative situations can be negotiations of meanings and values, instances of public sphere. The urban mass society with its crowds has potentiality to enact an inclusive hermeneutic community. To conclude, the consequences of our failures to engage hermeneutically with each other are discussed in a plea for hermeneutic openness.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
Gadamer, Hans-Georg
hermeneutic attitude
public sphere
urban space
everyday interaction
6160 Other humanities
Urban Aesthetics
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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