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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 3. Hermeneutics]

Full Idea

A 'hermeneutics of faith' treat a text as a candidate for truth. ….A 'hermeneutics of suspicion' looks not for truth but for explanations of why someone makes certain claims, …particularly to serve their ulterior interests.

Gist of Idea

Heremeneutics is either 'faith' (examining truth) or 'suspicion' (looking for hidden motives)


Bryan van Norden (Intro to Classical Chinese Philosophy [2011], App I.1)

Book Reference

Norden,Bryan van: 'Intro to Classical Chinese Philosophy' [Hackett 2011], p.225

A Reaction

As far as I can see, the suspicious approach was a legitimate development in sociology, which studies the sources of ideas, but is absurdly offered by some philosophers as a total replacement of the faith approach.