Qualifying Exams - Philosophical Ethics

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Gadamer dedicates a significant portion of Truth and Method to an account of philosophical hermeneutics, with a particular focus on “historical consciousness.” Discuss the concerns which motivated Gadamer to present his account of hermeneutics as being in discontinuity with this earlier tradition, and instead as the heir to practical philosophy.

  1. Background


Discuss the influence of Aristotle and Aristotelian ethics on Gadamer’s thought. Address in particular the relationship between Aristotle’s virtue of practical rationality and Gadamer’s account of practical philosophy.

Analyze Gadamer’s account of the relationship between tradition and effective history (Wirkungsgeschichte), and the relationship of these to his account of hermeneutic understanding.


Write an essay in which you critically apply Gadamer’s insights to a particular case in medical or clinical ethics.


Construct a syllabus and bibliography for a course you would be prepared to facilitate on Hermaneutics and Practical Ethics.