Gadamer’s Concept of Aesthetic Experience as a Possibility for the Orthodox Biblical Theology

Zdenko Š Širka 1
  • 1 Head Librarian and lecturer in Applied Theology at the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic, Lecturer in hermeneutics at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Prague, Czech Republic, Lecturer in theology at the Jabok College, Prague, Czech Republic. Address: Rymáňská 579, Mníšek pod Brdy 25210, Czech Republic

Abstract

This article finds its inspiration in the new interpretations of Gadamer’s hermeneutics, which underline the turn in his later period, and which focus on the conception of aesthetic experience as an experience of transcendence. The main thesis is that the understanding of artworks, as Gadamer describes them in contrast to the Kantian subjectification of aesthetics, can be paralleled with the way Orthodox biblical theology struggles to approach Holy Scripture in the context of Church and Tradition. The aim of this article is to bring new material to the growing reception of Gadamer among Orthodox scholars, and to initiate further discussion on the topic by showing the parallels and areas where this reception could continue.

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