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

  • Review of George Pattison, Heidegger on Death: A Critical Theological Essay (Ashgate, 2013)

    Adsett, Daniel; Marquette University (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2015-02-06)
  • Review of Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climate Regime. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2017. 300 pages.

    O'Rourke, Shannon; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020-01-07)
    Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climate Regime (FG, 2017) in significant ways represents an ecological application of Latour’s lifelong development of an anthropology of the moderns. Latour tells us in 2008, in an acceptance speech for the Siegfried Unseld Prize, that for more than thirty years he has been working towards the development of a system. This system was the focus of his 2012 An Inquiry into the Modes of Existence (AIME). This system aims at providing a metaphysical framework in which moderns, or those who have never been modern, describe the various ways—modes—with which one can and does make sense of the world. Anthropology here can be understood as attempts to describe the peoples of the world, how they situate and make sense of themselves and the worlds of others, whereas metaphysics here is how these worlds are cleaved at the joints. Thus, while FG is not the outline of his system, which was the project of AIME, it relies on the schemes developed there to provide a sustained exploration of the need for a new climatic regime in light of ecological collapse.
  • Schleiermacher’s Interpretation of the Bible: The Doctrine and Use of the Scriptures in the Light of Schleiermacher’s Hermeneutical Principles

    Wishart, Ian S. (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020-01-08)
    Interpretation of the bible is often considered to be the task of communicating the message of the scriptures in an age whose thought and common life have little in common with ancient Palestine. The problem of communication is a problem of media: should the Church not employ modern media of data-processing and electronic systems to reshape the minds of men and women in conformity with the Christian ethic, or should the individual Christian not conclude that the time for words is past, and by direct action demonstrate what God’s love for suffering humankind may mean in some particular area of human life?Schleiermacher, long before the age of McLuhan or Leger, had thought deeply about the problems of communicating the gospel and the medium of communication, and he had an answer set out in principle which he elaborated in his own practice. The Church lives by preaching; in proclamation a Christian gives expression to personal consciousness of God, and in so far as being an official spokesperson of the Church gives expression to the common consciousness of the Christian community. This proclamation germinates in the consciousness of the hearer, stimulates there a consciousness of God, of sin and redemption, and issues in action which is the ethical result of faith.
  • Review of Kevin Decker and Jeffery Ewing, Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I Am. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. 240 pages.

    Call, Jared; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020-01-07)
    The movie Alien first hit the box office in the spring of 1979, and it was met with critical acclaim; in 2008, it ranked seventh best film in the science fiction genre by the American Film Institute. The chestburster scene is now stuff of legend and is iconic in the world of pop-culture and entertainment. Kevin Decker and Jeffery Ewing’s book, Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I am, was also published in the spring, thirty eight years later, and not only does it also explore what it means to be human—and alien—but it does so in a way that both the movie and their book share: it is a form of entertainment. Of course, it is clear that Decker and Ewing’s purpose in Alien and Philosophy is not merely to entertain its readers, but to engage the reader in philosophizing while nevertheless ensuring that the entertainment factor is sufficiently met. In a rather gripping way Decker and Ewing explore topics as diverse as “identity and personhood, morality and the political and economic forces of the Alien universe, just war theory in going into battle against the Xenomorphs, the philosophy of horror, and feminist insights into Ripley’s leadership style”.
  • Foreword to Ian Wishart’s Schleiermacher’s Interpretation of the Bible

    McGrath, Sean; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020-01-07)
    When the following monograph first appeared, as a thesis successfully defended at the Toronto School of Theology in 1968, very little work had been done on Schleiermacher’s sermons. Ian Wishart produced one of the most careful studies of Schleiermacher’s preaching ever to have appeared in English. The work has been inaccessible until now, available only at the University of Toronto, where it was shelved alongside other successfully defended theses. It is our pleasure to publish it in revised form in Analecta Hermeneutica, and, through the revolution of open access, offer it to the world. Since the thesis was written, Barth’s commentary on Schleiermacher’s sermons has been published.1 But there is little repetition here. Wishart’s approach to Schleiermacher’s sermons could not be more different than Barth’s. Barth has little time for hermeneutics, and even less time for transcendental psychology; Wishart, recognizing Schleiermacher’s decisive contributions to both these fields, reads Schleiermacher’s sermons as complementary, indeed essential, to his hermeneutics and psychology.
  • Review of Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2017. 140 pages.

    Ahern, Andrew; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020-01-07)
    Bruno Latour’s 2017 publication, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, is Latour’s analysis of the many political problems of today, including mass migration and worldwide inequality, all while the issue of climate change hangs in the global communities’ political and intellectual atmosphere exacerbating these phenomena. Coming in at a short 106 pages of text, Latour argues that it is not adherence to “the facts” or bigoted ideologies that is the central political problem of our time, but that the vision of a common world has been abandoned—hence the explosion of inequalities, mass migration, and climate change denial all corresponding to the era known as “deregulation,” “globalization,” or “neoliberalism.” Modernization, argues Latour, has been abandoned, and what the global community has entered is the “New Climatic Regime.”
  • Review of Kojin Karatani, Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy. Durham: Duke UP, 2017. 176 pages.

    Trnka, Peter; Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020-01-07)
    This is a book for anyone interested in: the origins of philosophical thinking, the idiocy of the designation ‘pre-Socratic’, the coincidence of western and eastern cultures, the political economy of intellectual life, the nexus democratic-anarcho-communist, the power of movement, and, in short, anything critical to do with the structure of thought and world history (a grand scope, perhaps, but one that fits with the course of the Japanese Kantian-Marxist’s recent work, as this book grew out of a larger project on economic modes of exchange and production entitled, in English, The Structure of World History (Durham: Duke UP, 2014)). So, this book is for just about anyone with interests in philosophy; it is, accordingly, accessible, written in a clear, uncluttered prose, and short, yet shatteringly good and widespread and intense in its consequences, if the argument is received.
  • 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.
  • Postcolonial Biblical Hermeneutics: Interpreting with a Genuine Attunement to Otherness

    Martino, Daniel J.; Seton Hill University (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2013-05-14)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.

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