, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 249-270
Date: 29 Dec 2011

Book Symposium on Don Ihde’s Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science

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Interpreting the Visual

Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, PhD

University of Copenhagen

Nørre Farimagsgade 5 A, Room 10.0.27

1014 Copenhagen, Denmark

Email: jkof@sund.ku.dk

Don Ihde published his book, Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science, in 1998. In this work, Ihde attempts to show how hermeneutics is embodied into the practices of researchers in the natural sciences. Hermeneutics is a method of reflexive thought that aims at an understanding of the meaning intended in the written texts. Written texts are permeated with intention, and given the texts’ physical condition, its content and meaning have a good chance to be understood and explained by the reader. For Ihde, hermeneutics is much more.

The collection of comments on Ihde’s Expanding Hermeneutics presents two perspectives: the retrospective view—scrutinizing the fundament of the “ghost-giants” from where Ihde’s expansion of the hermeneutical method takes its leap—Larry Hickman investigates the relationship between Ihde and Dewey, wh