Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Pragmatic Hermeneutics?

Date: June 4 - 5, 2009

Organizers: Matthias Buschmeier (Bielefeld), Lydia Goehr (New York, NY), Espen Hammer (Oslo/Philadelphia, PA)

The international and interdisciplinary workshop with representatives from various disciplines such as Literary Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and Jurisprudence debates perspectives for hermeneutics in the tradition of Pragmatism and in the works of Richard Rorty posing himself consciously between the disciplines. Central to the workshop are the political aspects of pragmatic hermeneutics as imposed by Rorty?s thinking. The participants seek for an answer to the question, which impact Rorty?s idea of a literary culture has on the humanities and which perspectives for the disciplines concerned are opened up by this very idea. In four sections we will discuss (1) the relation between Pragmatism and Language, (2) the relation between Pragmatism and Hermeneutics, (3) Rorty?s own version of Pragmatism and (4) the idea of cultural politics as emerging out of this version in English and German. The workshop is open to the public.



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