Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1900–2002)
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Emerick, C. C. 2011. Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1900–2002). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
Hans-Georg Gadamer's life spans three centuries. He was born on February 11, 1900, in the same year that Nietzsche (1844–1900) died and precisely 250 years following the death of Descartes (1596–1650), against whom much of Gadamer's philosophy contends. He died in remarkably good health for his age in 2002. His father was a successful chemistry professor and his mother died when Gadamer was only 4 years old. Gadamer benefited from a solid education, completing his doctoral degree in 1922 with his dissertation on Plato. That same year Gadamer was afflicted with polio, which left him with an occasionally considerable limp for the rest of his life. During the many months he spent in bed battling the disease, Gadamer read Edmund Husserl's (1859–1938) Logical Investigations, which piqued his interest in phenomenology.
- Gadamer, Hans-Georg (1900–2002);
- Gadamer, afflicted with polio;
- Gadamer's truth and method;
- positing all human knowing, existence;
- universality of hermeneutics;
- experience of art, disclosing truth;
- famous “fusion of horizons”