Hermeneutica: ars intelligendi textum
Sku: 45900D0L060
Archival Number: A459 V511
Author: Lonergan, B.
Language(s): Latin
Decade: 1960
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4 loose handwritten schematic pp. on Hermeneutics. Context remains to be determined, but most likely part of L's work on 'problematic altera' in 1962 spring course 'De methodo theologiae.'

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45900DTLE060 / A 459

Transcription by Robert M. Doran revised
August 27 2011

45900DTLE060 / A 459


Hermeneutica ars intelligendi textum


1 Circulus hermeneuticus

   α totum ex partibus  |

      partes ex toto        | unum intentionale

   β experience of the circle

            any whole is relative

            can be placed as part in larger whole [all history up to last day]


            e.g. John ante & post documenta Qumrān inventa

            mutatur tota perspectiva

   γ limiting of the circle

            db 2314           fons … numquam exhauriatur

                                    eo sensu quo definitum est

      dogmaticus circa haec (Kierkegaard – Postscriptum Non-scientificum) – exegeta circa illud

      dogmaticus (obscure laborat in obviis): quinam est sensus dogmatis

                                                                      quinam est sensus SScr à ad hoc

                                                                      quocumque sit identitas

            (1) ex singulis locis quaerit interpretationem minimam, certam,

                        quae valet quomodo modo ipse textus accipiatur

                        quid Logos in Prologo? est X, ubi X erat in principio, apud Deum,

            (2) non ? ex singulis locis sed ex multis simul iisque quam maxime diversis

                        iterum, quod ? manet nisi totum fere reicitur NT

            (3) convergentia – i.e., sapientia part.

                        analog? ?

                        esprit de finesse

                        = objective sense [?]

                        ipsum lumen intellectuale non prout generaliter explicite in log. meth.

                        sed prout concrete gubernat processum investigandi particularia, contingentia, mobilia[?]


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2 Hermeneutica classica et romantica

            Classica, inde ab Aristotele: analysis grammatica,

                        ? verborum sensus proprius, translatus

                        ? – genus litterarium etc

                        elucidatur de ?

                                         ex aliis scriptis: ??
            Romantica – Winckelmann de Arte, Schleiermacher, Dilthey

                        intelligere opus est intelligere auctorem operantem

                        α Einfühlen, empathy: ideas, mentality, intention, feelings, style

                        β Mitvollzug of work, ? participat mentem ? auctoris

                                    est et ipse opus facere possit secundum omnes suas determinationes

            Unde 1 What does text of 1 Cor, Fourth Gospel mean?

                        It means what Paul, John meant

                        Its meaning lies in the categories of their thinking.

                     2 sensus proprius, translatus

                        α rationalization of human communication

                           meaning is not only logical but intersubjective, artistic, symbolic, affective

                           makes a norm out of particular case – Hellenistic culture

                                                                                        French ‘grand siècle’

                        objectivity – spectrum of Denkformen from dreams, myth, poetry,

                                                                                                average of culture,

                                                                                                scientific treatise

                                                sequence of process  undiff to diff

                                                                                    genera litteraria


?          (1) aperitudo to diversity

            (2) affinity to Hegelian das Werden des Geistes

            (3) unverifiable hypothesis has basic role, function, in defining meaning

            (4) when Hegelianism dropped – series of unrelated islands, ultimate is particular

            (5) when many interpretations – Historicization – each interprets in terms of Weltanschauung


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3 Verstehen und Erklären

   (a) Dilthey – differentiation of Natur und Geisteswissenschaften

            object: NW not constituted

                        GW constituted          by human acts of meaning

            intelligibility of fire, electricity, life, independent of meaning

                                                                        object of empirical observation, hypothesis

            intelligibility of social institutions (order of human living)

                                     society, family, morality, education, state, law, economics, technology[?]

                                    language art symbol religion science phil theology

                        constituted by acts of meaning


   (b) What kind of acts of meaning? 

            CS Sc (1) object: tendency to system, logical ideal

                                         no tendency to logical ideal

                                                concern with saying & doing right thing in any

                                                of  ? situations

                                    Socrates & Athenians

                        (2) subject: tendency to pure horizon ens quidditas

                                                               pure drive to know

                                                               intellect dominant

                                           governed by Sorge, limited horizon of dramatic pract. subject

                                                Thales & puella

                        (3) Ideal vs Actual (Classical vs Historical, Empiricist)

                                    What ought to be, prout sempiternis rationibus esse debet

                                    idea imperfectly apprehended, ? incompletely

                                                accepted, realized in conflict/ compromise

            Obviously CS dominant

                        but if exclusive

                        (1) object – Lebensphilosohie (Dilthey) functional theology (Cullmann)

                        (2) Subject – Existentials in Paul: die Möglichkeiten des menschlichen ?

                                    possible (phil) actual (NT)

                              vs objective all-inclusive viewpoint

1 equivalence of quoad nos, quoad se

2 objective Wendung zur Idee – Xt in NT

3 Wendung zur Idee in work of interpreter as[?] body of texts grows: evolution of forms of expression, evolution of forms of thought


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Schola romantica


1 Notiones classicae de sensu proprio et translato, de generibus litterariis, etc., sunt valoris relativi. Dicunt normas et idealia culturae Hellenisticae, grand siècle, constituunt quoddam Entmythologisierung naturae[?] humanae. De facto, datur spectrum quoddam formarum symbolicarum, Denkformen, a somniis per mythos, poemata, rhetorica, usque ad tractatum scientificum.


2 Quare intelligere opus est intelligere auctorem operantem.

            Datur Einfühlen, empathy, non solum in mentem, ideas, conceptus, sed etiam in modum imaginandi, sentiendi, loquendi, scribendi.

            Unde interpres eo pervenit ut quasi cum ipso auctore opus reproducat

            Orta ex Winckelmann de operibus artis intelligendi, ar??

            haec notio a Schleiermacher et Dilthey


3 α Quadrat[?] cum ideali philologica Fr. Wolf

            ex fundamento linguistico totam quandam culturam comprehendere

   β Quadrat cum doctrina Hegeliana – Das Werden es Geistes

   γ Omisso hegelianismo, qui cum datis historicis haud reconciliatur,

            quadrat cum arte divinatoria Niebuhr

                        laude iuris consuetudinis C von Savigny, Ranke

                        omni saeculo pariter ad Deum immediate

   δ Die historische Schule