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Gadamer, Hans-Georg (Translated by Chris Dawson). HANS-GEORG GADAMER PRAISE OF THEORY: SPEECHES AND ESSAYS. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 185 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark collection of speeches and essays. One of the most important titles on the role of science and technology from a humanistic and philosophical standpoint. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. Should not be confused with the subsequent paperback edition. Edited and translated with an illuminating Introduction by Chris Dawson as part of the Yale Studies In Hermeneutics. Presents 10 magnificent essays that "explore important philosophical issues. Gadamer brings into sharp focus his thoughts on such topics as the power of language, the social role and influence of science, and the idea of reason" (Publisher's blurb). Should science be regulated by ethical considerations? A growing number of thinkers, especially in America, believe that the answer is a definitive "Yes", out of justified concern that science's expansion and dominance in contemporary culture are unprecedented events since the beginning of time itself. Gadamer is a philosopher, that is to say, someone who lives through speculative thinking. He will never let others do the thinking for him. The gist of his provocative and thoughtful argument is that the "theoretical pursuit of truth is valuable for its own sake and that it is devalued when pursued explicitly for practical purposes" (Chris Dawson). That would be a more complex and nuanced "Yes" and "No" to cloning, stem-cell research, and other contentious issues. The essay, "Isolation As A Symptom of Self-Alienation", is one of the single greatest essays Gadamer has ever written. He has never had any use for thinkers who yearn for a nostalgic return to the past even if there are very few contemporary philosophers whose command of Greek thought and the whole history of philosophy can match his own. A book that illuminates the darkness of our time, radiates with incandescent brilliance, and represents one of the best introductions to the work of possibly the greatest philosopher of the 20th century after Martin Heidegger. Some would go so far as to say that while Heidegger was profoundly original, it was Gadamer, who lived to be 102, who achieved true wisdom. A "must-have" title for Hans-Georg Gadamer collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HANS-GEORG GADAMER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0300073100. $40.00

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