Anthropology of Homo Interpretans

Johann Michel


Paul Ricœur is rightly regarded as one of the greatest representants of the hermeneutical tradition, at the crossroads of epistemological filiation from Schleiermacher and Dilthey and the ontological filiation of Heidegger to Gadamer. Johann Michel's bias in this article is to explore a third way of hermeneutics under the guise of an interpretative anthropology. Before being a set of scholarly techniques (philological, legal, historical…) applied to specific fields (symbols, texts, actions…), hermeneutics derives originally from ordinary techniques of interpretation (unveiling, clarification…) at work in the world of life. The purpose of the contribution is to show how Ricoeur's hermeneutics can give serious directions for elaborating such an interpretive anthropology, in which case it also needs to be supplemented by other intellectual traditions to achieve this goal.


Hermeneutics, Anthropology, Self-technologies, Pragmatism, Schematism.

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