Coming Soon . . . Gadamer’s Truth and Method: A Polyphonic Commentary

Here’s a preview of a new commentary on Gadamer’s Truth and Method, edited by Cynthia R. Nielsen and Greg Lynch entitled, Gadamer’s Truth and Method: A Polyphonic Commentary (Rowman & Littlefield International, Forthcoming March 2022). Once the volume  is officially published, we will be sure to let you know. For now, here’s a brief description of the project along with the table of contents and list of contributors.

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Paul Klee, Polyphony

Book Description

Hans-Georg Gadamer’s magnum opus, Truth and Method, was first published in German in 1960, translated into English in 1975, and is widely recognized as a ground-breaking text of philosophical hermeneutics. Unsurprisingly, this text has generated an extensive secondary literature, including a number of excellent studies and commentaries. The present volume brings to bear on this familiar text what might be thought of as an experimental interpretive approach: that of a polyphonic commentary. The term polyphonic means many-voiced, and it is first and foremost a musical term. In choral polyphony, for example, multiple voices sound together in a complex, back-and-forth musical dialogue. Similarly, the commentary presented in this volume consists of the voices of multiple authors, each of whom covers a portion of Truth and Method following the order of the text itself. Some of these voices are those of established writers who are familiar staples of the literature on Gadamer, others belong to the rising younger generation of Gadamer scholars. In organizing the text in this way our aim was to simultaneously pursue two interpretive goals. First, in adopting a commentary format, the volume aims to shed light on Truth and Method as a whole. It ensures both that the discussion covers the entire text (including those parts that have tended to receive scant attention) and also that it discusses the major themes of the work in the logical sequence in which Gadamer himself developed them. Second, in making the commentary polyphonic, we aim to highlight the wide range of ways in which the text has been understood and to give the reader a sense of where there are debates and conversations yet to be had. The result, we hope, is a volume that meshes unity and diversity in a distinctive way: the many voices are united in the common focus of allowing the text to speak in a way that is meaningful today.

Table of Contents


Editors’ Introduction
Jean Grondin Introduction

Part 1: Art

    1. Theodore George, TM 1.1
    2. Nicholas Davey, TM 1.2
    3. Daniel Tate, TM 1.3
    4. Jessica Frazier, TM 2.1
    5. Cynthia Nielsen, TM 2.2

Part 2: Human Sciences

    1. Kevin Vander Schel, TM1.1
    2. David Vessey, TM 1.2
    3. Carolyn Culbertson, TM 2.1
    4. David Liakos, TM 2.2
    5. Greg Lynch, TM 2.3

Part 3: Language and Linguisticality

    1. Carlo DaVia, TM 3.1
    2. Gert-Jan van der Heiden, TM 3.2
    3.  Jim Risser, TM 3.3