Hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation. As humans, we decipher the meaning of newspaper articles, books, legal matters, religious texts, political speeches, emails, and even dinner conversations every day of our lives. But how is knowledge mediated through these forms of communication and fields of study? What constitutes the process of interpretation? And how do we draw meaning from the world around us so that we might understand our position in it? Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction traces the history of hermeneutic theory, setting out its key elements, demonstrating how these key elements can be applied to a broad range of disciplines, and reveals the significance of hermeneutics in our current social and political landscape.