Category Archives: How Do We Think?

This category explores the postfoundational perspective. How do we navigate between the rigidity of absolutism and the emptiness of relativism?

Updated Image for Postmodern Turn in Hermeneutics

Last fall I created this black and white image during my independent study of Adult Learning and Spirituality. I’ve always intended to update it. Now that I’m studying for question #3 in my comprehensives, it made sense to take a few minutes and finish the illustration. You’ll notice that I added the sinking ship of deconstructive postmodernism that stands in contrast to the multi-perspectival raft of constructive postmodernism. The deconstructive boat broke apart on the iceberg of nihilism. So sad. read more

Book | The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity by Jürgen Habermas

227162Habermas, Jürgen. The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity: Twelve Lectures Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1987.

The Author – Jürgen Habermas

habermasAssociated with the Frankfurt School, Habermas’s work focuses on the foundations of social theory and epistemology, the analysis of advanced capitalistic societies and democracy, the rule of law in a critical social-evolutionary context, and contemporary politics, particularly German politics. Habermas’s theoretical system is devoted to revealing the possibility of reason, emancipation, and rational-critical communication latent in modern institutions and in the human capacity to deliberate and pursue rational interests. Habermas is known for his work on the concept of modernity, particularly with respect to the discussions of rationalization originally set forth by Max Weber. He has been influenced by American pragmatism, action theory, and even poststructuralism. read more

Paper | A Presentation on Hans-Georg Gadamer

Hans-Georg Gadamer | by Steve Thomason | A Term Paper | Presented to Dr. Craig Van Gelder | Luther Seminary | As a Requirement in Course LD8910 The Hermeneutics of Leading in Mission | St. Paul, Minnesota | 2011

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oldGadamerHans-Georg Gadamer was born in 1900 and died in 2002. One could say that he was truly a man of the 20th century. This is fitting since his life and work demonstrated the transitional nature of the 20th century as the academic disciplines made a turn from Enlightenment thinking to a postmodern sensibility. Gadamer’s presentation of philosophical hermeneutics was one of the pivotal contributions that brought about that turn. read more