April 5, 2002
The Legacy of Hans-Georg Gadamer, a 'Philosopher's Philosopher'
Hans-Georg Gadamer was, by any measure, among the most important European philosophers of the last half-century. On March 13, he died in his native Germany at the age of 102.
An "apprentice" of Martin Heidegger, Gadamer is best known for his work in hermeneutics, the theory of interpretation. Although hermeneutics began as an intricate method of interpreting the meanings of biblical texts, Gadamer applied it to modern thought. Seeing humans as enmeshed in webs of interpretation and