Dilthey, Gadamer, and Facebook: Towards a New Hermeneutics of the Social Network

Professorship/Faculty: British Culture  
Author(s): Craig, Robert
Title of the Journal: Modern Language Review
ISSN: 0026-7937
Publisher Information: London : MHRA
Year of publication: 2015
Volume: 110
Issue: 1
Pages: 184-203
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.110.1.0184
This article offers a rereading of aspects of the twentieth-century German hermeneutic tradition, with a specific emphasis on Wilhelm Dilthey and Hans-Georg Gadamer. It aims to show how we could re-evaluate their work's relevance in relation to twenty-first-century cultures of online social networking, and with particular reference to Facebook. Dilthey's methodological conception of the human sciences finds, it argues, a contemporary instantiation in the increasingly unsettling possibilities of interpersonal 'objectification' and 'identification' within this virtual context. The article suggests, in turn, how Gadamer's dialogical hermeneutics could invite a fruitful rethinking of both the digitally mediated self and her social network.
Keywords: Philosophical hermeneutics, German philosophy, Phenomenology, Online social networks
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Document Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/42354
Year of publication: 7. August 2017