Gadamer and Derrida

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This chapter offers a comparison between Gadamer’s hermeneutics and Derrida’s deconstruction, with a focus on their differences. The main difference will be found in their understanding of metaphysics and in the status they give to conceptual philosophical thinking and writing. The chapter will start with a summary of the “unlikely debate” of 1981, followed by Gadamer’s and Derrida’s comments on it and on each other’s work afterwards. In addition, two notions will be discussed, “horizon” and “play”, that can offer a better insight in the diverse approaches of Gadamer and Derrida. Finally, many lines in this chapter will come together in a comparison of Gadamer’s and Derrida’s views on metaphysics and on conceptual thought.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Gadamerian Mind
EditorsTheodore George, Gert-Jan van der Heiden
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429202544
ISBN (Print)9780367194628
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2021


  • Deconstruction
  • Derrida
  • Gadamer
  • Hermeneutics
  • Horizon
  • Metaphysics
  • Play


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