Francis Lieber: Hermeneutics and Practical Reason,
University Press of America, 2000.
ISBN 0761816917, $38 Hardcover.
Abstract: It was Francis Lieber who first brought the study of
hermeneutics (as developed by Ernesti, Ast, Wolf, Savigny, Humboldt,
and Schleiermacher in Germany) to the U.S. and applied it to the
study of practical reason (including political ethics, political
economy, political science, and the law). Lieber's work is shown
to be more than a mere importation of German hermeneutical theories,
and deserving of an important place in the history of American
hermeneutics. This work begins with a summary of Lieber's life
and work. It includes a look at the then current state of hermeneutics
in Germany and the United States, followed by a careful examination
of Lieber's hermeneutics. It then examines Lieber's application
of hermeneutics to practical reason, and concludes with an explanation
of Lieber's importance as a philosopher.
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