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Reformulation of the concept of understanding in Heidegger's and Gadamer's hermeneutic theories

Günok, Emrah
The goal of the present dissertation is to display the reconstruction of the concept of understanding which has down through the history of philosophy been used as the synonym of knowing. Hence, my main intention is to focus on the Heidegger2s and Gadamer2s critique of epistemological conception of understanding and their reevaluation of this concept in terms of ontology. Finally, I will try to examine the similarities and dissimilarities between the philosophers and try to call attention to their emphasis on finite and historically conditioned human understanding. To fulfill the task I put forward, I shall apply to early Heidegger2s magnum opus Being and Time (1927) and Gadamer2s most influential book Truth and Method (1960).