Title

Hermeneutics and the cognitive sciences

Authors

Shaun Gallagher

Abstract

Philosophical hermeneutics, understood as the theory of interpretation,investigates some questions that are also asked in the cognitive sciences.The nature of human understanding, the way that we gain and organize knowledge,the role played by language and memory in these considerations, the relationsbetween conscious and unconscious knowledge, and how we understandother persons, are all good examples of issues that form the intersection of hermeneuticsand the cognitive sciences. Although hermeneutics is most often contrastedwith the natural sciences, there are some clear ways in whichhermeneutics can contribute to the cognitive sciences and vice versa.

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