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: AP3600P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate fundamental issues attending textual interpretation


Distinguish modern interpretive approaches from traditional methods


Discuss the particular challenges confronting biblical interpretation


Identify a range of interpretive approaches to texts


Critically discuss the relationship between theological stances and interpretive approaches

Unit sequence

15 points in Philosophy at Level 2


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (2500 words)

0 50.0

Essay (2500 words)

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-04 08:57:20 +1100