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Hermeneutics and the rhetorical tradition : chapters in the ancient legacy & its humanist reception / Kathy Eden

Main Author Eden, Kathy, 1952- Country Estados Unidos. Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, cop. 1997 Description [6], 119 p. ; 22 cm Series Yale studies in hermeneutics) ISBN 0-300-06694-5 CDU 801.73(091) 82.085(091)
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Contending that the hermeneutical tradition is not a purely modern German discipline, Kathy Eden argues instead that the historical grounding of modern hermeneutics is in the ancient tradition of rhetoric.

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With this slim, well-researched, and persuasively argued volume, Eden (Columbia Univ.) makes an important contribution to the history of hermeneutics. Opening with a passage from Erasmus on interpretation, she isolates three cardinal features of the early hermeneutic tradition: the discrepancy between the written word and the writer's intention; the role of context in interpretation; and the need for equity and accommodation. Eden traces these features back to Roman educational practices in rhetoric and grammar. She then proceeds to chart their development from Cicero and Quintilian through Plutarch, Basil of Caesarea, Augustine, Erasmus, and Melanchthlon to Matthias Flaccius Illyricus, whose Clavis Scripturae Sacrae (1567) had a formative influence on the development of hermeneutics. Eden's emphasis on Cicero and the Roman rhetorical tradition is innovative and bold, for recent work on the "pre-history" of hermeneutics emphasizes the Greek contribution almost to the exclusion of Roman influence. Yet Greek contributions are not lost sight of, and this volume builds on themes Eden treated in her Poetic and Legal Fiction in the Aristotelian Tradition (CH, Mar'87). Highly recommended for university libraries; suitable for graduate students and faculty. R. W. Cape Jr.; Austin College

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