General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Understanding & Interpretation. An Introduction To The Hermeneutical Philosophy
Language EN
Module lecturer dr Rafał Ilnicki
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30


Timetable will be adjusted according to the topics presented in the sylabus. 

Module aim (aims)

Achieving knowledge and skills connected with the modern hermeneutics, with its theories of understanding and interpretation• The aim of this module is to understand contemporary culture using different theories of interpretation

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


1: Why should we understand anything at all? 2: Philosophy, humanities and hermeneutics 3: History of hermeneutics 4: The task of hermeneutics: understanding contemporary culture 5: Degrees of understanding and the goal of understanding deep  6: Understanding technics  7: Underrstanding people  8: Understanding computers 9: Hermeneutics and science 10: Hermeneutics and media 1: Future of hermeneutics and its meaning for humanities

Reading list

1. The Nietzsche reader, Ansell-Pearson, Keith (ed.), Oxford ; Blackwell ; 2006. (fragments). 2. The Routledge companion to hermeneutics, ed. by Jeff Malpas and Hans-Helmuth Gander, London [u.a.] : Routledge, 2015. (fragments) 3. Winograd, Terry ; Flores, Carlos F., Understanding computers and cognition a new foundation for design, Norwood, NJ ; Ablex Publ.Corp. ; 1988. (fragments) 4.  Schleiermacher, Friedrich. "Hermeneutics and criticism and other writings." (1998) Cambridge University Press 5. Dilthey, Wilhelm. The formation of the historical world in the human sciences. Princeton University Press, 2002.