, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 393–402 | Cite as

The Flexible Rule of the Hermeneut

  • Claude RomanoEmail author

In numerous fields of knowledge—from literary criticism to the social sciences and philosophy—a hermeneutic paradigm has silently tended to replace the structuralist paradigm that was still dominant at the beginning of the 1980s, and whose decline now seems inexorable. Something no longer rings true in the structuralist’s claim to uncover the ‘laws of human thought’ or the ‘laws of a text’s functioning’ free of all presupposition and interpretation. These structures, which would be to cultures what the phonological system is to language and would have the status of ‘object[s] independent of the observer,’1 of ‘principle[s] of objective intelligibility, only accessible […] to a sort of geometrical mind which is not consciousness,’2 of pure positive facts as incontestable as those modeled in the exact sciences,3once separated from the extraordinary exegetical virtuosity of the pioneers of the movement, have fallen back into a kind of latent life. Not, of course, that a text had no...


Hermeneutics Structuralism Interpretation Rule-following Truth 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Paris-Sorbonne, Australian Catholic UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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