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Hans-Georg Gadamer Quotes


A German philosopher of the continental tradition, best known for his 1960 magnum opus, Truth and Method.
(1900 - 2002)

I basically only read books that are over 2,000 years old.
 

In fact history does not belong to us; but we belong to it.
 

It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art.
 

It was clear to me that the forms of consciousness of our inherited and acquired historical education - aesthetic consciousness and historical consciousness - presented alienated forms of our true historical being.
 

Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live.
[Self Knowledge]
 

My real concern was and is philosophic: not what we do or what we ought to do, but what happens to us over and above our wanting and doing.
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Nothing exists except through language.
 

The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror.
 

The more language is a living operation, the less we are aware of it. Thus it follows from the self-forgetfulness of language that its real being consists in what is said in it.
 

The real being of language is that into which we are taken up when we hear it - what is said.