Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Jon Nixon
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  7. Back Matter
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About this book


This book provides an introduction to Hans-Georg Gadamer’s thinking and shows how it might inform our own thinking about education as a lifelong process of engaging with one another and with the wider world. He insisted on the supreme importance of prior learning, but also on the unpredictability of human understanding and on the possibility of new and unforeseeable beginnings. Having lived through the catastrophe of two world wars, he became an important voice in the debate on the future of a reunified Germany and the role of the university in shaping the values and outlook of the new Europe.

His work is of immense significance for all those involved in the education of future generations.

'In Gadamer: The Hermeutical Imagination, Jon Nixon has pulled off quite a feat.  In his customary lucid, accessible and dialogical style, we are treated to a masterly tour that both opens the complex thinking of Hans-Georg Gadamer and draws out its implications for our understanding of education.   In the process, a strong critique emerges of contemporary instrumental approaches to education.  Many will assuredly gain much from this enjoyable text, both those interested in Gadamer as such and those working in the philosophy of education.'

Ronald Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education, UK


hermeneutics primacy of the question human understanding horizons of understanding power of prejudice hermeneutical tradition dialogue humanistic inquiry Truth and Method methodology reasoning thinking pedagogy humanities teaching pedagogy lifelong learning curriculum assessment

Authors and affiliations

  • Jon Nixon
    • 1
  1. 1.The Education University of Hong KongHong KongChina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52116-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52117-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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