A critique on technicism in the light of philosophical hermeneutics
Keywords:Hermeneutics, Modernity, knowledge, technicism, truth, method, learning
This text critiques modernity, by focusing on technicism and on the claim that reason is absolute. It does not deny the benefits originated from modernity, especially those related to science and to technological breakthroughs; rather than that, it attempts to identify the limits inherent to reason, by stating its impossibility to totally comprehend knowledge, showing something that escapes its claim to be ubiquitous. In order to do that, methodologically following hermeneutics, through the paths opened by Gadamer, room is made for reflection based on other paths, also including Descartes's contributions on the emergence of modernity, as well as Schleiermacher's, within the context of modern hermeneutics. The interlocution with Flickinger shows that, beyond the scientificist perspective, hermeneutics contributes to achieving a new level of understanding, and a new relationship with it.
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