THE AGE OF INTERPRETATION

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Jack Caputo has a new book out and I pretty much devoured it in a day. Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information revisits most of Caputo's ideas, and presents them slightly differently by placing them in direct dialog with hermeneutics. hermeneutics has always been central to Caputo's work, this book just names that a bit more clearly perhaps. He does a great job of tracing the develop of hermeneutics and its re-directions under the post-modern, the post-secular, the post-religious. Along the way we get some Gadamer, Heidegger and of course, Derrida, plus a little Vattimo and Rorty for good measure.

 Essentially, Caputo says, by way of Heidegger, we have a sense of something, a vague pre-understanding--it could be God, Being, but something very basic and elemental that we spend our lives trying to give voice to-this is hermeneutics.

As I said, it's compact and very readable and covers lots of bases and culminates with yet another Caputo trope-a conclusion without a conclusion--a god even Nietzsche could love. 

In this age where 'facts' and fake news are thrown around like hand grenades, Caputo offers us another way of thinking about information and how we handle it. It's timely, insightful and ultimately really helpful for anyone trying to make sense of our current predicaments.

"The death of God is the birth of human creativity." That statement alone should be enough to get you interested.