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Hans-Georg Gadamer on Jansenism - Dictionary of Arguments

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Jansenism/Truth/GadamerVsJansenism/Gadamer: It is (...) a triviality that comes out of it when it is said, for example, that you have to judge an event in its truth, take into account the circumstances (circonstances)(1) that accompany it - The Jansenists wanted to give methodical guidance with this argumentation as to the extent to which miracles have credibility. They sought to summon up the spirit of the new method in the face of an uncontrolled belief in miracles and believed that in this way they could legitimize the true miracles of biblical tradition and church tradition.
The new science in the service of the old church - that this relationship did not promise to last is only too clear, and one can imagine what had to happen when the Christian preconditions themselves were questioned. The methodological ideal of natural science, when applied to the credibility of the historical testimonies of the biblical tradition, had to lead to quite different results, which were catastrophic for Christianity.
Spinoza/Gadamer: The path from the miracle criticism in the style of the Jansenists to the historical Bible criticism is not too far. Spinoza is a good example of this.
GadamerVsSpinoza: We will show later on that a consistent application of this methodology as the only norm of spiritual-scientific truth would be tantamount to its self-absorption. >VicoVsJansenism.


1. Vgl. Logique de Port-Royal, 4e partie, chap. 13ff.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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