Qualifying Exams - Philosophical Ethics

From BrothersBrothers

Contextual

Discuss the concerns that motivated Gadamer in Truth and Method to radically depart from the earlier traditions in the field of hermeneutics, and instead to explore the problem of understanding from the perspective of practical philosophy.

  1. Gadamer is concerned not with the understanding of works of art and texts per se. It appear this way, since he dedicates the first chapter of T&M to the interpretation of art, and the second chapter to the history of the field of philosophical hermeneutics.

Analytical

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.

=Normative

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

Syllabus

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