Sharing Words of Silence: Panikkar after Gadamer

Comparative and Continental Philosophy 7 (1):52-68 (2015)
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This article elucidates and interpretively develops Raimon Panikkar's hermeneutics of intertraditional dialogue by way of setting it into sympathetic and critical dialogue with the predominantly intratraditional hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer. It argues that Panikkar's thought enables us not only to appreciate, but also to question the limits of the fundamental roles played by language and tradition in Gadamer's hermeneutics. Panikkar's own hermeneutical reflections arise directly out of intertraditional as well as interlinguistic experience; and they ultimately direct us toward the profoundest dimension of dialogue, a dimension in which the words we share arise out of and gesture back into the depths of an originary silence.



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Bret W. Davis
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