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Valenciana

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BARCENAS DEANDA, Ramón. Prejudice and question of critique: anessentialtension in Truth and Method. Valenciana [online]. 2017, vol.10, n.19, pp.125-143. ISSN 2007-2538.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15174/rv.v0i19.199.

Gadamer holds against the modern reading of prejudice, which conceives it as a mere source of error, that it is above all a form of experiencing truth. Hermeneutics shows that prejudice conditions understanding. Despite this defense, it is the case that assumptions can equally lead to understanding or misunderstanding. For this reason, Gadamer argues that it is necessary to distinguish between productive and unproductive prejudices. This methodological task is known as “question of critique in hermeneutics”. In this article it is argued that these two different forms of understanding prejudice bring about an essential tension in Gadamer’shermeneuctics.

Keywords : ontology; hermeneutics; prejudice; question of critique; epistemology.

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