After Identity : Questions Of Interpretation
Interview by Richard Marshall.
‘Gadamer conceives of the so-called hermeneutic circle of whole and part as an interpretive check that allows us to reject certain understandings. The circle describes the way we understand the parts of a text in terms of our anticipation of the meaning of the whole and the way we project the meaning of the whole in terms of our understanding of the parts. Where we cannot integrate parts and whole, we have to admit that either that which we are trying to understand is unintelligible or our attempt to understand has failed and we must begin again.’ ‘For Gadamer prejudices are interpretive resources. They are historically effected anticipations of meaning that we inherit as part of our participation in historical traditions and that give us a preliminary (...)