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Die blaue Blume der Präsenz

Gumbrecht und Vattimo im Gespräch

Dec 10, 2007

For many in the humanities and cultural studies, the linguistic turn that Richard Rorty proclaimed forty years ago means that – after God and metaphysics – now also ‘reality’ has lost power over us, thereby opening up heretofore unknown spaces of freedom. The so-called '68 movement is unthinkable without these theoretical prerequisites. At the same time, we associate with the same movement an anti-hermeneutical focus on corporeality, passion, and presence in opposition to an anemic culture of interpretation. This unsettling tension will be the focus of the second Spannungsübung. It also informs basic questions of politics, philosophy, and religion: Is the yearning for experiences of presence and for a substantiality of being politically dangerous or even discredited, or is it, at least as a corrective, indispensable? Is the human being disposed to a constant transcending of the self and nature, or is it imperative to finally come into the world? Is an indefinite deferral our destiny, or are strong forms of presence (Real Presence, Epiphany, Second Coming, Salvation) essential?

Our second "Spannungsübung" was dedicated to hermeneutics as a dominant method in the humanities. On the occasion of the German "Year of the Humanities," we invited two renowned intellectuals to discuss their differing positions on hermeneutics and interpretation: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht and Gianni Vattimo.

Moderation: Luca Di Blasi / Christoph Holzhey

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