Philosophical Apprenticeships

From Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

Philosophical Apprenticeships

By Hans-Georg Gadamer

Translated by Robert R. Sullivan





These autobiographical reflections by a major contemporary philosopher offer an enjoyable and enlightening tour not only of his own intellectual development but of the rich and fruitful collaboration of minds during a rich period in German cultural history. Hans-Georg Gadamer, the author of Truth and Method, traces his "philosophical apprenticeships" with some of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Perhaps more than anyone else, Hans-Georg Gadamer, who is Professor Emeritus at the University of Heidelberg, is the doyen of German philosophy and the recognized chief theorist of hermeneutics. His book Reason in the Age of Science (MIT Press paperback) is an ideal introduction to his thought and to the problems of hermeneutics more generally. Philosophical Apprenticeships is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.


ISBN: 9780262070928 232 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 10


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Robert R. Sullivan.


  • This wonderful memoir of a philosophical life spans four regimes in Germany and includes friendships or scholarly relations with most of Germany's great and near-great 20th-century philosophers... The writing is clean and simple, and the book is filled with warm, insightful characterizations and marked by the pathos of a profoundly decent German life.

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