Philosophical hermeneutics was an attempt to salvage philosophy in the 20th Century by incorporating the way in which thought and language are historical phenomena and abandoning the goal of absolute certainty in the pursuit of eternal truth. This book is an exploration of its origins and implications in the thought of Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Wilhelm Dilthey, Edmund Husserl, Paul Ricoeur and Owen Barfield.
There are also complementary essays on Norman O. Brown and Richard Rorty
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About the Author
Richard Patterson was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied philosophy at Yale and did a year of post-graduate work in literature at Cambridge before embarking on a career in film. His book on Sowell grew indirectly out of work he did for a masters degree in humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills.