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Re: [xmca] understanding understanding

Hi Larry,

Seems that this may be a helpful resource: The International Journal for Dialogical Science.



On Mar 25, 2012, at 9:55 AM, Larry Purss wrote:

> Martin,
> thank you for your last clarification on Reddy's notions of the relation of
> 2nd person and 3rd person "ways of knowing".  Further on this topic of
> "ways of knowing" I want to share a provocative quote from Joel Weinsheimer
> in his book *Philosophical Hermeneutics and Literary Theory*.  He is
> exploring Gadamer's notion that theory and validity do NOT *contain*
> understanding. This quote also may contribute to the discussion of
> technology.  Martin, I also remember you recommending that we read  Hayden
> White's insights. In the spirit of understanding understanding,   Joel is
> attempting to highlight Gadamer's distinction between *theory* &
> *philosophy*
> Greg,
> I'm also sharing this quote because of the theme you were exploring about
> *the will to power* and the notion of *owning* that seems to be an
> archetypal theme.
> Gadamer's hermeneutic philosophy concludes that what is universal to
> interpretation, if there is anythng universal at all, is not a canon of
> interpretive REGULATIONS.....
> It is, after all, primarily in industry, or more generally in technology,
> that theories find practical applications.  Even if students of literature
> are repulsed by the notion of an interpretation industry, many still
> cherish the notion that the IDEAL interpretation is that which is the
> product of and is legitimated by applied theory and this suggests that
> interpretation ideally consists of CONTROLLED production, of subjectively
> REGULATED creation.  Insofar as the ery purpose of literary or any other
> theory is to GOVERN practice, Gadamer is quite right to state, ' Modern
> theory is a tool of construction by means of which we gather experiences in
> a unified way and make it possible to dominate them'.  Offering dominion
> over literary experience, interpretation CONTROLLED by applied theory is a
> function of the WILL TO POWER". [page 30]
> Larry
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