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Dialogue and Deconstruction

Text of and reflection on the 1981 encounter between Hans-Georg Gadamer and Jacques Derrida, which featured a dialogue between hermeneutics in Germany and post-structuralism in France.
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Acknowledgments Introduction I. The Gadamer-Derrida Encounter: Paris, 1981 1. Text and Interpretation Hans-Georg Gadamer (translated by Dennis J. Schmidt and Richard Palmer) 2. Three Questions to Hans-Georg Gadamer Jacques Derrida (translated by Diane Michaelfelder and Richard Palmer) 3. Reply to Jacques Derrida Hans-Georg Gadamer (translated by Diane Michaelfelder and Richard Palmer) 4. Interpreting Signatures (Nietzsche/Heidegger): Two Questions Jacques Derrida (translated by Diane Michaelfelder and Richard Palmer) II. Gadamer Responds to the Encounter Prelude: Hermeneutics and Deconstruction: Gadamer and Derrida in Dialogue Fred Dallmayr 1. Letter to Dallmayr (1985) Hans-Georg Gadamer (translated by Richard Palmer and Diane Michaelfelder) 2. Destruktion and Deconstruction Hans-Georg Gadamer (translated by Geoff White and Richard Palmer) 3. Hermeneutics and Logocentrism (1987) Hans-Georg Gadamer (translated by Richard Palmer and Diane Michaelfelder) III. Commentaries 1. Argument(s) Phillipe Forget (translated by Diane Michaelfelder) 2. Limits of the Human Control of Language: Dialogue as the Place of Difference between Neostructuralism and Hermeneutics Manfred Frank (translated by Richard Palmer) 3. Good Will to Understand and the Will to Power: Remarks on an "Improbable Debate" Josef Simon ((translated by Richard Palmer) 4. The Two Faces of Socrates: Gadamer/Derrida James Risser 5. Imagine Understanding Charles Shepardson 6. Gadamer/Derrida: The Hermeneutics of Irony and Power G. B. Madison 7. All Ears: Derrida's Response to Gadamer Herman Rapaport 8. Dialogue and Ecriture Donald C. Marshall 9. The Gadaner-Derrida Encounter: A Pragmatist Perspective Richard Shusterman 10. "Ashes, ashes, we all fall...": Encountering Nietzsche David Farrell Krell 11. Seeing Double: Destruktion and Deconstruction Robert Bernasconi 12. Interruptions John Sallis 13. Gadamer's Closet Essentialism: A Derridean Critique John D. Caputo 14. The Man with Shoes of Wind: The Derrida-Gadamer Encounter Neal Oxenhandler 15. The Privilege of Sharing: Dead Ends and the Life of Language Gabe Eisenstein List of Abbreviations Contributors of Commentaries Notes Indices

About the Author

Diane P. Michelfelder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the California Polytechnic State University. Richard E. Palmer is Professor of Philosophy at MacMurray College.


"A showcase of Gadamer at his hermeneutical best ... a vibrant volume which offers intriguing interpretations of such German authors as Goethe, Holderlin, and Rilke. This will be a popular book with philosophers for some time to come." - "It is important particularly for understanding some of the less obvious links and tensions between Derrida and contemporary German philosophy. It also reveals some fascinating subtleties in Gadamer's own thought." - Rebecca Comay, University of Toronto

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