The Principle of Unavailability of Language and the Fusion of Horizons in Hans-Georg Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics

Ideas Y Valores 57 (137):113-129 (2008)
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The replacement of the Heideggerian Idea of Being-toward-Death with the Gadamerian notion of Being-for-the-Text imposes important changes in the Philosophical Hermeneutics. The present paper analyses the “principle of unavailability of language” taking into account the idea of a fusion of horizons regarding text interpretation. It considers the function of this last idea for different natural languages, and ends with the thesis that Gadamer’s Hermeneutics has in fact two possible meanings.



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