more from Hans-Georg Gadamer

Single Idea 20928

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. Value / 1. Nature of Value / b. Fact and value]

Full Idea

Gadamer shows that we cannot oppose facts to values, but that all facts are integrated into meaningful wholes through a personal commitment to some kind of vision of how things ought to be.

Gist of Idea

Facts don't oppose values; they are integrated into each person's aspirations


report of Hans-Georg Gadamer (Truth and Method [1960]) by Jens Zimmermann - Hermeneutics: a very short introduction

Book Reference

Zimmerman,Jens: 'Hermeneutics: very short introduction' [OUP 2015], p.69

A Reaction

Straw man here. Whoever said that facts were 'opposed' to values? Certainly not David Hume. Any sensible empiricist of that type would try to develop values that integrated nicely with the facts. Gadamer seems to be denying facts.