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Hermeneutics and Tradition

A Conference organized by the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature
Friday 7th November 2003

The main aim of this conference will be to explore the philosophical notion of tradition and how it is linked to hermeneutic philosophy. Moving away from the Kantian stress on the a priori conditions of experience as well as from the opposition between reason and tradition in Romanticism, Hans-Georg Gadamer developed a non-foundationalist conception of tradition. We will consider how to rethink an open-ended conception of tradition in relation to such key contemporary thinkers as Alasdair MacIntyre, Paul Ricoeur, Gianni Vattimo and others.

Sponsored by the Humanitites Reserch Centre


9.00 am: Registration and Coffee

9.45 am: Opening Address

10.00 am: Dr Nicholas Davey (University of Dundee): Tradition Revisited: Conserving Difficulty

11:00 - 11.10 am: Break

11.10 am: Damian Veal (University of Warwick): Heidegger's Auseinandersetzung with Aristotle: The Hermeneutic Situation of Heidegger's Access to the Philosophical Tradition

12.10 - 1.30 pm: Lunch

1.30 pm: Dr Kelvin Knight (London Metropolitan University): The Idea of the Good in the Aristotelian Tradition: What's the Good of Metaphysical Biology?

2.30 pm: Andrius Bielskis (University of Warwick): Gadamer and MacIntyre versus Ricoeur: Why the Nietzschean Genealogy cannot be Hermeneutics

3.30 - 4.00 pm: Coffee

4.00 pm: Dr Peter Poellner (University of Warwick): Two Faces of Tradition

5.00 - 5.30 pm: Round Table: Closing Discussion

Registration Details

Please register by 31st October 2003.

Registration Fee: Waged £12, Unwaged £8, Warwick Student £5.

Please click here for a registration form in Adobe pdf format.

To obtain further information, please contact
Mrs Heather Jones (
Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature
Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK