This paper explores the Greek conception of theoria, Gadamer’s interpretation of it, and how he applies it to his own hermeneutics. In particular, the transition that Gadamer makes from traditional metaphysical perspectives of theoria in ancient thought towards the activity of theoria within human life is explored, and the role that his aesthetics plays in this process. The importance of the intertwining of theory and practice for Gadamer is considered and what the practice of theoria may consist in. It is suggested that Gadamer’s approach, which emphasizes heightened experiences of interconnection to promote self-transformation, is a productive transformation of theoria relevant to contemporary points of view.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5840/epoche202034164
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,714
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Socrates with a Cane.Dennis J. Schmidt - 2002 - South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (4):223-227.
Playing with Others.Karen E. Davis - 2016 - Idealistic Studies 46 (3):301-322.
Gadamer’s Criticisms of Collingwood.E. F. Bertoldi - 1984 - Idealistic Studies 14 (3):213-228.
Hermeneutics in Practice: Gadamer on Ancient Philosophy.Catherine H. Zuckert - 2002 - In Robert J. Dostal (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer. Cambridge University Press. pp. 875--906.
Gadamer’s Ambivalence Toward the Enlightenment Project.رابرت داستال - 2012 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations at University of Tabriz 6 (11):53-81.
Assaying Vandevelde’s Approach to Gadamer.علیرضا آزادی - 2012 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations at University of Tabriz 6 (11):39-52.


Added to PP index

Total views
22 ( #500,692 of 2,462,776 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
8 ( #88,571 of 2,462,776 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes