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Gadamer, Hans-Georg (Subject) & Grondin, Jean (Author). HANS-GEORG GADAMER: A BIOGRAPHY. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 478 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark biography on subject. One of the finest intellectual biographies of the new century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original by a University Press. "Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) was one of the greatest philosophers of our era. He was also at the center of some of the century's darkest, most complex historical events, for he chose to remain in his native Germany in the 1930's, neither supporting Hitler nor actively opposing him, but negotiating instead an unpolitical position that allowed him to continue his philosophical work. In this magisterial book, Jean Grondin appraises Gadamer's life and achievement. Drawing on countless interviews with Gadamer and his contemporaries, Gadamer's personal correspondence, and extensive archival research, Grondin traces Gadamer's life as an academician and the development of his ideas, placing them in the context of his times. He sheds light on the genesis and accomplishment of Gadamer's major opus, 'Truth and Method', the bible of modern-day hermeneutics. And he addresses the question of Gadamer's attitude and actions amid the catastrophe of Nazi Germany, painting a balanced portrait of a scholar who tried to preserve German culture and tradition in the face of an invasive menace" (Publisher's blurb). 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 had very limited distribution and is now out-of-print as a hardcover. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs from the subject's and author's private archives. One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HANS-GEORG GADAMER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0300098413. $70.00

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