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: AP9609P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Online

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


Develop a written argument for an interpretive approach to a text or texts

Unit sequence

undergraduate philosophical studies, or comparable literary or cultural studies.


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 2 (3000 words), following prior presentation at seminar of 2000 word draft of the essay*.

*Seminar presentation of draft [clarity of presentation plus leadership of subsequent discussion to be assessed (40% of assessment for this essay)]; followed by submission of the written-up essay, assessed as a written piece of work (60%).

**Where a seminar quorum is unavailable, a 1-hour "presentation+discussion" of the draft essay with the lecturer (unassessed) will take the place of the seminar, with 100% assessment allocated the final version, as for Essay 1.

0 50.0

Essay 1 (3000 words)

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-05 08:19:51 +1100