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Hermeneutics as a Form of Epistemology

August 26-28 2019
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
HG‐03C01 Agora 1

In many disciplines text interpretation is a going concern. But strangely enough, epistemologists hardly pay attention to the phenomenon of interpretation, and those who engage in interpretative practices often do so without awareness of epistemological problems.

The aim of this seminar is to view hermeneutical practices from an epistemological perspective. It concentrates on interpretation of texts, and addresses the following questions: “What is it to ‘interpret’ a text?”, “When is an interpretation of a text ‘justified’?”, “What kinds of evidence are relevant when it comes to text interpretation?”, “What role should authorial intentions play in interpretative processes?”, “Can there be multiple correct interpretations of texts?”

Speakers in the seminar have backgrounds in legal studies, literary studies, theology, and philosophy.

Keynote speakers
Professor Richard Gaskin, University of Liverpool
Professor Tom Kindt, University of Freiburg
Professor Luis Oliveira, University of Houston
Professor Darren Sarisky, University of Oxford
Professor René van Woudenberg, Free University Amsterdam
Professor Jean Wagemans, University of Amsterdam
Professor Arie Zwiep, Free University Amsterdam

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Contact and further information
For questions please contact Elisa Matse MA:

The seminar is the sixth in a series organized by the Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and the Big Questions, at the Department of Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The seminar is part of the “The Epistemic Responsibilities of the University” project sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.