By Hans-Georg Gadamer
A philosophical and historic testomony to the 20th century, this quantity includes a wide-ranging sequence of interviews carried out in 1999/2000 among the then centenarian and his former assistant and affiliate of over thirty years, Riccardo Dottori. those ten dialogues distill and situate Gadamer's philosophy within the context of what has arguably been the bloodiest century in human historical past. through the interviews, Gadamer addresses-often critically-the paintings of a wide selection of philosophers, together with Heidegger, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Popper, Vico, Habermas, Rorty, and Derrida. He additionally elaborates on German philosophy through the Nazi interval; and, in a single of the extra attention-grabbing conversations, we're handled to a glimpse of Gadamer's own standpoint at the query of Heidegger's Nazism, together with a dialogue of the political impression that groovy philosopher's spouse, Elfirde, had on him that has a tendency to contradict so much different released money owed. With the prospective exception of his autobiography 1985, A Century of Philosophy is likely to be the main available expression of Gadamer's existence and paintings in English this day.
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Nevertheless, that is essentially how it was. Nicolai Hartmann had referred me to the Nicomachean Ethics. He wanted me to write something. He presumably saw that he hadn't gotten enough from me and that the Ethics would lead me to the concept of value. And in that respect, of course, my task was a very difficult one. But it's even more true to say that it became a kind of catastrophe for me at this point. I tried to understand Aristotle in his different treatises on hedone and so forth, but I never really looked at this essay again.
One can't simply dispense with what the good politician would have or should have been able to understand, or what he has personally been able to observe in the practical situation. On the contrary, we see that this farsighted discernment of the politician is very often what is decisive in life praxis — much like it is with the businessman. I can cite for you the example of Dr. Heinz Gotze, who, after the war, immediately saw what was going on here in Heidelberg for what it was — a lack of initiative.
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A Century of Philosophy: Hans Georg Gadamer in Conversation with Riccardo Dottori by Hans-Georg Gadamer