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Effective History/Reception History
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I. Philosophy – II. Fundamental Theology – III. Applications

I. Philosophy

The concept of effective history (Wirkungsgeschichte) takes on philosophical significance in the hermeneutics of H.G. Gadamer, where it represents the attempt to clarify the fundamental requirement for understanding texts and make this understanding transparent in its own historically conditioned context. Thus effective history is no longer concerned with the philological or his…

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Steinmann, Michael, Schüle, Andreas, Rösel, Martin, Luz, Ulrich and Köpf, Ulrich, “Effective History/Reception History”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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