Analecta Hermeneutica is the annual refereed journal of the International Institute for Hermeneutics (IIH). It provides an intellectual forum for interdisciplinary, inter-religious, and international hermeneutical research. The journal publishes research in the form of articles, reviews, and other scholarly contributions in all hermeneutically related fields, with a particular focus on philosophy, theology, and comparative literature.


The library contains articles of Analecta Hermeneutica as of vol. 1(2009) to current.

Recent Submissions

  • Andrzej Przy??bski. Etyka w ?wietle hermeneutyki [Ethics in the Perspective of Hermeneutics]

    Klemens, Micha? (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2012-06-05)
  • Kearney�s Ethical Imagination, or Levinas and Hermeneutics

    Marsh, Jack; Binghamton University, State University of New York (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009-05-04)
    In this paper, I examine Kearney's call for an ethical imagination from a specifically Levinasian perspective. I begin by reviewing Kearney's proposal, querying the structure of his ethical imagination. I then give a brief sketch of Levinas's thought with special attention to his theme of le tiers, and the necessary passage from ethics to the politics of justice. I will argue that Kearny's diacritical method exemplifies an appropriate approach to the said, the region of justice, history, and politics, while suggesting that Levinas offers Kearney a more radical anthropology than can be found in Ricoeur. My wager is that a basic tension that manifests in Kearney's determination of the ethical imagination may ideally correlate to the aporetic passage from ethics to politics in Levinas such that they exhibit a specific complementarity. I conclude by exploring the problems and promises of my argument and the motives for my thesis.
  • Post-secular Spinoza: Deleuze, Negri and Radical Political Theology

    Clayton Crockett; University of Central Arkansas (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2010-09-08)
  • Lacan's Psychoanalysis and Plato's Symposium: Desire and the (In)Efficacy of the Signifying Order

    Cake, A.D.C.; University of Syracuse (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009-05-04)
    The�paper presents a suggestive interpretation of Lacan�s interest in the relationship between Socrates and Alcibiades, insofar as this relationship makes a certain common understanding of love in Plato and psychoanalysis emerge.�The author contends that Lacan�s interpretation makes it possible to understand how, in the ancient text, desire is already understood as an unconscious motivation, not only in terms of its inexorable power to determine a person�s aims, but also in its ability to subsist between and beyond the rules of conscious discourse.
  • Hans-Georg Gadamer and the Truth of Hermeneutic Experience

    Wiercinski, Andrzej; Albert-Ludwigs-Universit�t (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009-04-29)
    Hans-Georg Gadamer�s hermeneutics contributes in an essential way to the understanding that truth cannot be adequately explained by scientific method. Hermeneutics then is not a method of interpretation, but is an investigation into the nature of understanding, which transcends the concept of method.
  • Jes�s Conill-Sancho. �tica hermen�utica. Cr�tica desde la facticidad. [Hermeneutic Ethics. The Critique of Facticity]. Madrid: Tecnos, 2006.

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    Book Review. Jes�s Conill-Sancho. �tica hermen�utica. Cr�tica desde la facticidad. [Hermeneutic Ethics. The Critique of Facticity]. Madrid: Tecnos, 2006.
  • Andrzej Wiercinski. Inspired Metaphysics? Gustav Siewerth�s Hermeneutic Reading of the Onto-Theological Tradition. Toronto: The Hermeneutic Press, 2003.

    Wenzinger, Mark; Saint Vincent College (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009-05-04)
    Mark Wenzinger reviews�Andrzej Wiercinski's book Inspired Metaphysics? Gustav Siewerth�s Hermeneutic Reading of the Onto-Theological Tradition.
  • The �Five Ways� and Aquinas's De Deo Uno

    Guggenheim, Antoine; �cole Cathedrale Notre Dame, Paris (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2010-09-08)
  • Postcolonial Biblical Hermeneutics: Interpreting with a Genuine Attunement to Otherness

    Martino, Daniel J.; Seton Hill University (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2013-05-14)
  • Review of Eric L. Jenkins, Free to Say No? Free Will and Augustine’s Evolving Doctrines of Grace and Election (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2013)

    O'Neill, Seamus; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2016-03-23)
    Eric Jenkins’ Free to Say No? Free Will and Augustine’s Evolving Doctrines of Grace and Election is a relatively concise and highly readable investigation into Augustine’s changing position on the freedom of the will and various related doctrines. The author approaches the question historically, tracing the development of Augustine’s views throughout a number of primary sources, from which he provides ample quotations, all the while incorporating much of the important secondary literature on the topic. While the author does not claim to make any new or ground-breaking advances, he nevertheless adds to the scholarship his own arguments and exegesis in support of the view that Augustine’s mature position on the freedom of the will, which he identifies as a kind of compatibilism, is irreconcilably opposed to Augustine’s earlier, more libertarian position. The author also explores various philosophical, theological, and historical reasons for Augustine’s change of heart, and presents them in a clear and lively manner.
  • Augustine and Boethius, Memory and Eternity

    O'Neill, Seamus; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2016-03-23)
    In the crypt of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro in Pavia, the same church in which Augustine’s remains are interred, lies the tomb of Boethius. The influence of Augustine on this great synthesizer of Hellenic and Christian thought, despite claims to the contrary, should be clear to anyone reading the Consolation of Philosophy. The similarity between both thinkers’ attempts to conceive divine eternity is a case in point. Throughout the Confessions, we observe Augustine espousing the limits of the human’s ability to know God qua God and appealing to analogy and image, which his theology of the Trinity and philosophy of the soul require. So too does Boethius claim that all things are known according to the capacity of the knower, a claim now referred to as the “Modes of Cognition Principle.” For both Augustine and Boethius, there is an appropriate, though always limited way for the human to understand the divine. While, any human conception of divine eternity will always be limited, imperfect, and incomplete, both in Boethius’ Consolation and in Augustine’s Confessions one finds that divine eternity is best conceived from our limited human point of view in terms of an all-encompassing present.
  • Freeing the Disciplines: Barth and Ranciére on Aesthetics

    Jiminez, Michael; Azusa Pacific University (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2016-03-23)
    Various philosophers and historians argue about historical periodization. The idea of describing human history in periods has its roots in the modern age. Modernity itself is one such periodization that we continue to dispute. Supposedly we are now living in a postmodern age or a post-postmodern age, and probably, in a not so distant future, we will be living in some other kind of post-“something” once again. What seems to be clear is that modernity and its concepts are still with us. The way we study human phenomena even today comes principally from the work of the Eighteenth Century. The story goes that the modern period is the time when human beings finally began to break the metaphorical oppressive chains of tradition and its basis in religious superstition; instead of a reliance on theology with its basis in revelation, the modern human being looks towards other disciplines like philosophy, science and political philosophy for guidance. If theology wants a place among the disciplines it must deal with matters of morality and excuse itself of attempting to answer questions that other academic disciplines are better trained to do.
  • Checking Janicaud's Arithmetic: How Phenomenology and Theology "Make Two"

    Yates, Christopher; Boston College (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009-05-04)
    Yates�reviews Janicaud�s critique in its first iteration, then observes what the emphases of its later form indicate about the kind of phenomenology he propounds.� The�paper highlights the contours of�Janicuad's rigorous �minimalism,� his qualified �atheism,� and the peculiar manner in which his self-described pursuit of phenomenological �possibilities� is propelled by his rejection of theological possibilities.�The author questions the selective appropriation of Husserl in Janicaud�s adherence to phenomenality and neutrality by underlining ambiguities within Husserl�s early focus on intuition and the now famous bracketing of �transcendence� and/or �God� set forth inIdeas I.
  • The Theology of Consumerism

    McGrath, Sean J.; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2016-03-23)
    Attitudes towards daily life, towards governance and trade, work and love, are always grounded in layers of historically conditioned, ethical, metaphysical, and theological assumption. It might be the hallmark of the modern to routinely forget how much of what we regard as freely expressive of our unique perspective on things is indebted to the past. The nearest layer to the surface may be consciously appropriated or rejected, but as we descend, the degree of availability of what R.G. Collingwood called “absolute presuppositions” to ethical and philosophical reflection decreases.1 Our beliefs are never entirely available for rationalization, but owe more to history than we are generally inclined to acknowledge.
  • What�s Different About Anselm�s Argument? The Contemporary Relevance of the �Ontological� Proof

    Wills, Bernard; Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2010-09-08)
  • The Absolute Question

    S J McGrath; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2010-09-08)
  • Richard Kearney and Eileen Rizo-Patron, eds. Traversing the Heart: Journeys of the Inter-religious Imagination

    Rebidoux, Michelle; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2012-06-05)
  • The American Appropriation of God in Select Foundational Documents of the United States

    Trujillo, Joaquin (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2012-06-05)

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