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9 facts about hermeneutics

June 30, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 23rd June 2017, written by Jens Zimmermann, author of Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction.

Branding: A Very Short Introduction


"What does hermeneutics mean? Where did the term originate and how is it used in day-to-day life? Jens Zimmermann tells us 9 things everyone should know about hermeneutics...

1. Hermeneutics is all about interpretation in fields of study, such as interpreting plays or novels, but also in day-to-day life, when we interpret actions of our friends or try to figure out what a job termination, for example, means in the context of our life story.

2. Hermeneutics is the art of understanding and of making oneself understood. It goes beyond mere logical analysis and general interpretive principles.

3. The word ‘hermeneutics’ comes from the ancient Greek language. Hermeneuein means ‘to utter, to explain, to translate’ and was first used by thinkers who discussed how divine messages or mental ideas are expressed in human language..."

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