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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 heritage. during 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 in the course of 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 effect 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 might be the main available expression of Gadamer's existence and paintings in English at the present time.

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I would simply say that the good is transcendence or the beyond. No one can say whether it is or is not, whether it has being or whether it is Ethics or Metaphysics 37 beyond being. This question is posed on an entirely different basis, an entirely different level from that of our field of experience where we can demonstrate existence. It is precisely a question of transcendence, and that means that the world of our experience is transcended in the idea of the good. But it also means that our world is oriented toward the good and comes to completeness in it without our being able to understand or prove with the objects of our experience how this happens.

Yes, just so. : Do you, on the other hand, think that philosophy does have something to do with politics? : Yes, I really do believe that, in certain way, we all engage in politics. By virtue of the fact that we live, after all, in a society and in a state, we can't help doing politics — we have to admit this to ourselves. This is why we also have to pay attention to the rights of others. : To what extent must we admit to ourselves that we engage in politics? : To the extent that we recognize that our actions are always purposeful.

That is, wasn't the Politeia about Plato showing us that in political life it's not merely a question of doing things according to utility but rather of following the good or arriving at the good? Couldn't the constant polemic against the Sophists bring us directly to the notion that Plato wanted to derive positive criteria for political life from the idea of the good? : Once again, this whole discourse strikes me as a little comical. Just what should we expect in the Politeia, in the Republic?

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