From Subcontinent to Continental

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Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 3)

Abstract

This chapter examines the philosophical works of Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer, especially those parts that were of significance for Mehta. Accordingly, it first addresses Heidegger’s early texts pertaining to the question of being and the hermeneutics of facticity. It then turns to Gadamer’s development of what he called “philosophical hermeneutics.” Mehta’s postcolonial hermeneutics is an indirect, yet sophisticated challenge to Gadamer’s, as Chaps. 4 and 6 in particular will detail. The chapter concludes with a return to Heidegger’s later works, that is, those works specifically on poets, poetry, and the ontological difference. Insofar as Heidegger and Gadamer were influential on Mehta’s philosophical career, this chapter contends that in order to understand J. L. Mehta, one must first understand Heideggerian and Gadamerian thought. This chapter prepares the reader for the sustained engagement with Mehta’s work in Chaps. 4, 5, and 6.

Keywords

Comparative Philosophy Ontological Difference Philosophical Hermeneutic Hindu Tradition Western Metaphysic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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