Hermeneutics at the Crossroads

Hermeneutics at the Crossroads

Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion
Edited by: Bruce Ellis Benson, James K. A. Smith, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Publisher: Indiana University Press | On the web
Year: 2007
e-ISSN: 9780253111982

An excerpt from the Introduction of the edited work:Hermeneutics at the Crossroads cover 200 x 300

“That hermeneutics is indeed at many crossroads is well demonstrated by this volume. Yet these chapters also make clear that understanding the other—across the road—certainly does happen, in many ways.

What are those crossroads? […] …Christian interpreters find themselves at the ultimate crossroad, the ‘road of the cross.’ For Christians, hermeneutics has a theological dimension—and perhaps even a theological foundation. For a tradition that confesses that “in the beginning was the Word” confesses not only the originality and ubiquity of hermeneutics, but perhaps also a sense of transcendence that gives birth to interpretation.”

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Table of Contents

Introduction | Bruce Ellis Benson, James K. A. Smith, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Part 1. Philosophical Hermeneutics Revisited: Miracles, Resuscitation, Questions
1. Discourse on Matter: Hermeneutics and the “Miracle” of Understanding | Kevin J Vanhoozer
2. Resuscitating the Author | Nicholas Wolterstoff
3. Gadamer’s Hermeneutics and the Question of Relativism | Eduardo J. Echeverria
4. The Knowledge That One Does Not Know : Gadamer, Levertov, and the Hermeneutics of the Question | Christina Bieber Lake

Part 2. Derrida and Deconstruction: Haunted Hermeneutics and Incarnational Iterability
5. Hauntological Hermeneutics and the Interpretationof Christian Faith: On Being Dead Equal before God | John D. Caputo
6. Limited Inc/arnation: Revisiting the Searle/Derrida Debate in Christian Context | James K. A. Smith

Part 3. Literature’s Contribution to Christian Understanding:Pointing, Witnessing, Exchanging
7. Meeting at the Modern Crossroads: Fiction, History,and Christian Understanding | Roger Lundin
8. The Hermeneutics of Deliverance: Robinson Crusoe and the Problem of Witnessing | Brian McCrea
9. John Calvin’s Notion of Exchange and the Usefulness of Literature | Michael VanderWeele

Part 4. The Ethics of Interpretation: Improvisation, Participation, Authority
10. The Improvisation of Hermeneutics: Jazz Lessons for Interpreters | Bruce Ellis Benson
11. Ethical Hermeneutics and the Theater: Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice | Ben Faber
12. (Revelation, Interpretation) Authority: Kierkegaard’s Book on Adler | Norman Lillegard

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