Six Steps of Hermeneutical Process at H.-G. Gadamer




hermeneutical process, hermeneutical subject, hermeneutical object, understanding, common language, common recognition, H.-G. Gadamer.


This study aims to show how philosophizing H.-G. Gadamer. It targets highlighting the specific of Gadamerian procedure to achieve understanding/interpreting the world (people, events, work of art, texts). For it, we investigate how the hermeneutical process is carried, and provide a picture of the elements of hermeneutical process (steps of hermeneutical procedure) in conception of H.-G. Gadamer. Used method is the hermeneutic method. The conclusion that is drawn is as follows: 1) hermeneutical process starts with the element/step to observe that ”something addresses us”; 2) the second step consists of idea that the process must conduct to an agreement about what is addressing us; 3) for reaching an agreement is necessary a step of common language, of mutual recognition, and symmetry; 4) then comes up step of understanding on world of work of art, things, opinions (doxa); 5) fifth step is the step of content and communication of meaning; 6) last step is that of openness to alterity, that of fusion of horizons which crowning final understanding and final agreement with itself and with other; now hermeneutical spirit returns to itself.

Author Biography

Stefan VLADUTESCU, University of Craiova, CCSCMOP

Department of Communication, Journalism and Education Science


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VLADUTESCU, S. (2018). Six Steps of Hermeneutical Process at H.-G. Gadamer. Postmodern Openings, 9(2), 161-174.



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