Understanding, Misunderstanding, and the Critical Function of Hermeneutics in Cross-Cultural Studies

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Agon of Interpretations: Towards a Critical Intercultural Hermeneutics
EditorsMing Xie
Place of PublicationToronto Canada
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Pages140-155
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781442643536
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2014

Abstract

Based on a discussion of Hans-Georg Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics, this essay argues for both the historicity of understanding and the relative certainty of understanding, thus the critical function of hermeneutics in arguing against misunderstandings and distortions. It gives as examples some of the misconceptions of China and Chinese culture in cross-cultural studies, and propose a corrective of such cultural dichotomies.

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  • hermeneutics, Gadamer, East-West cross-cultural understanding

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Understanding, Misunderstanding, and the Critical Function of Hermeneutics in Cross-Cultural Studies. / ZHANG, Longxi.

The Agon of Interpretations: Towards a Critical Intercultural Hermeneutics. ed. / Ming Xie. 1. ed. Toronto Canada : University of Toronto Press, 2014. p. 140-155 7.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review