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"Expliquer plus, c'est comprendre mieux": Möglichkeiten und Grenzen historischen Verstehens biblischer Texte im Spiegel der kritischen Hermeneutik Ricoeurs

Applicant Bühler Pierre
Number 111954
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie Theologische Fakultät Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Religious studies, Theology
Start/End 01.05.2006 - 31.08.2010
Approved amount 220'223.00
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Keywords (9)

Hermeneutics; Ricoeur; Biblical exegesis; hermeneutics (theological and philosophical); history; historical understanding; pluralism of mehtods; theology; philosophy

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The topic of this project is at the intersection between biblical and philosophical hermeneutics. Its purpose is to reevaluate the goals, possibilities and limits of the historical-critical interpretation of biblical texts by means of Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics. Is there a meaning given objectively in the text? Or is the meaning constructed by the interpretation itself? How objective are the results of a critical approach? Is there a hermeneutical challenge in the plurality of exegetical methods in the biblical studies? Does it allow a more dynamic approach of the plurality of meanings in the texts?
Ricoeur's hermeneutical theory underlines the poetical function of texts and their communicational strength, creating a "poétique de l'existence" in their readers'life, through metaphoric and narrative language. How do these hermeneutical perspectives influence today exegesis? How can they promote the dialogue between biblical exegesis and literary criticism and linguistics?
The project is based on a cooperation between the "Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie" of University of Zurich and the "Fonds Ricoeur" at the "Faculté libre de théologie protestante" in Paris.
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