Twentieth century hermeneutics, including the work of Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricoeur, effected a revolution regarding the concepts of understanding and interpretation. Instead of being solely focused on a methodology of the human sciences, hermeneutics matured into a fundamental exploration of the grounds of human experience. In accordance with the aims of Cosmos and History, we aim to provide a forum for those challenging basic assumptions about being and being-in-the-world, and about humanity’s relation to the physical and social worlds. We are especially interested in exploring the ontological grounds, and the metaphysical, epistemological and methodological implications of hermeneutics for the domains of both 'nature' and 'human nature'. A new hermeneutics of nature could leave behind traditional Cartesian assumptions and fully unleash the potential of hermeneutic philosophy. Topics might include hermeneutics and metaphysics, the experience of nature and society, and the difference between explanation and understanding, among others. However, well developed contributions to all areas of hermeneutics will be considered.
Deadline for submissions:30th November, 2011.