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Hermeneutics
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1. Definition

Hermeneutics in the narrow sense means the theory (or art) of interpreting texts, in the broad sense the general theory of understanding and methodology of interpreting meaningful structures of all kinds (symbols, texts, images). Interpretation is a purposeful activity, which is necessary when something is not immediately unde…

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Scholz, Oliver R. and Laube, Martin, “Hermeneutics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020877>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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