Elements of Self-Destruction by Brent Potter

By Brent Potter

Why are people, who're inspired through self-preservation, stimulated to interact in behaviors that threaten or even extinguish their lifestyles? the topics incorporated during this publication are: (1) the rising knowing of self-destructiveness in tradition, faith, philosophy and psychology, (2) Bion’s research into the self-destructive skill of the brain, (3) Heidegger’s ontology of Being and the Enframing of know-how, (4) picking and delineating the "who" who so much stories the influence of human-to-human destructiveness in out modern tradition.

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Thematic hermeneutics is the art 29 30 ELEMENTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION of interpreting a theme inherent in the phenomenon or phenomena of interest. The origins of hermeneutic theory Historically hermeneutics was a term used only by biblical interpreters. The word’s origins tend to be associated with Hermes, the messenger of the gods. This is not completely accurate, as the Greek work Ermenia comes from a root that predates both the messenger god and the practice of interpreting (Hirsch, 1976). In any event, Hermes mediated between the gods and men, translating godly information for the world of men and bringing the finite into the realm of the gods.

In contrast to intuitivism was positivism, which was concerned primarily with legal hermeneutics. Positivism, standing in sharp contrast to intuitivism, asserted that if the rules of interpretation are perfected, then problems of interpretation would essentially become problems of operational procedures. While the intuitivism interpreter noted the variance between the word and its meaning, the positivism accented the congruity between the two. A third school to take into account is perspectivism, which takes into account the various ways the same object can appear depending upon one’s perspective.

Schleiermacher’s conception of hermeneutics rested squarely on three of the doctrines developed by Herder specifically, that (1) thought and language were largely identical, (2) that meaning was word usage and (3) there were significant linguistic and intellectual differences between people. As the third principle posed the potentially greatest barrier to both interpretation and translation, Schleiermacher took that as his primary challenge. Schleiermacher’s most original doctrine in the philosophy of language, known as semantic holism, was also relevant P U R S U I N G T H AT W H I C H W I T H D R AW S F R O M U S 33 in this connection since, as Schleiermacher perceives, semantic holism greatly exacerbated the challenge to interpretation and translation.

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