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Paul Fairfield’s two new anthologies—Relational Hermeneutics: Essays in Comparative Philosophy and Hermeneutics and Phenomenology: Figures and Themes—are now published by Bloomsbury. Both books are co-edited with Saulius Geniusas.

Investigating connections between philosophical hermeneutics and neighbouring traditions of thought, Relational Hermeneutics considers the question of how post-Heideggerian hermeneutics, as represented by Gadamer, Ricoeur and recent scholars following in their wake, relate to these traditions, both in general terms and bearing upon specific questions. The traditions covered in this volume—existentialism, pragmatism, poststructuralism, Eastern philosophy, and hermeneutics itself—are all characterized by significant internal diversity, adding to the difficulty in reaching an interpretation that is at once comparative and critical. 

Hermeneutics and Phenomenology shows that the relationship between these two central theoretical and philosophical approaches is more complex and interesting than our standard story might suggest. It is not always clear how hermeneutics—that is, post-Heideggerian hermeneutics as articulated by Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur, and a large number of thinkers working under their influence—regards the phenomenological tradition, be it in its Husserlian or various post-Husserlian formulations. This volume inquires into this issue both in general, conceptual terms and through specific analyses into questions of ontology and metaphysics, science, language, theology, and imagination. 

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