, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 35–42 | Cite as

Digital hermeneutics: an outline

  • Rafael CapurroEmail author
Original Article


The purpose of this paper is to give an outline of digital hermeneutics understood as the encounter between hermeneutics and digital technology, particularly the Internet. In the first part, I want to raise the attention of IT researchers and hermeneuticists to the theoretic and practical relevance of the encounter of their areas of research that are sometimes considered as incompatible to each other. There is still a lot of translation work to be done in order to get these two cultures come closer to and profit from each other. The second part of the paper deals with the foundation of digital hermeneutics on what I call—following Heidegger’s and Vattimo’s paths—digital ontology as opposed to digital metaphysics.


Hermeneutics Information IT Internet Digital technology Human body Phenomenology 



I thank Arun Kumar Tripathi (Dresden University of Technology, Germany) for his commitment to an e-mail dialogue on the subject of this paper and for his invaluable hints to relevant literature.


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  1. 1.Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute Information Ethics (STI-IE)KarlsruheGermany

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