Content

This unit explores issues in hermeneutics from a philosophical perspective, keeping in mind the engagement of that perspective with the theological in the interpretation of biblical and other texts. Following a survey of traditional hermeneutic models, the unit addresses modern developments, considering Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricouer, and the contributions of structuralists, poststructuralists and others, while engaging the following questions. What meanings of the term "hermeneutics" link antiquity to modernity? What accounts of truth and meaning emerge from the definitions of hermeneutics that modern philosophy has sequentially offered? Included here are issues of how textual meaning might be authoritatively determined, and whether an adequate "explanation of explanation" is to be had.

Unit Code: AP2609P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Articulate fundamental issues attending textual interpretation.

2.

Distinguish modern interpretive approaches from traditional methods

3.

Discuss the particular challenges confronting biblical interpretation

4.

Identify a range of interpretive approaches to texts

Pedagogy

Lectures and Tutorials; Online module with guided online discussion fora.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Essay (2000 words)

40.0

Essay (2000 words)

40.0

Online Participation 500 words)

20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-01 13:01:26 +1100