The British Society for Phenomenology

2008 Annual Conference

With the support of the British Academy

Hermeneutics: Contemporary Prospects (Tradition, Transmission and Treason)

April 4- 6 2008

St Hilda's College, University of Oxford

Hermeneutics lies at the centre of debates about method, and the status of interpretation within ethics, aesthetics, theology and philosophy in general. The conference brings leading figures in the field together to examine the nature and implications of current debate within hermeneutics and to assess the contribution that hermeneutics can make to methodological controversies in the humanities today.


Gianni Vattimo (University of Turin)
The Cultural Relevance of Hermeneutics

Gunter Figal (University of Freiburg)
Hermeneutics as Phenomenology

Istvan Fehrer (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest)
Hermeneutics and the Philosophical Tradition

Jens Zimmerman (TW University, Canada)
Towards a Critique of the Theological Dimensions of Vattimo's Hermeneutic

James Risser (University of Seattle)
The Incapacity of Language

Annette Hilt (Ruprecht-Karls-University)
The Boundaries of Comprehensive Sense: Towards a Hermeneutics of Emotional Expressivity

Sinead Murphy (University of Cork)
Is Philosophical Hermeneutics Constructive?

Daniel Tate (Bonaventure University, New York)
Art as Cognitio Imaginativa: Gadamer on Intuition and Imagination in Kant's Aesthetic Theory

Morny Joy (University of Calgary)
Paul Ricoeur and a Hermeneutics of Human Capability and Fragility

All of the papers are on April 4-5. The final day of the conference is reserved for the AGM of the British Society for Phenomenology and other meetings. The full programme and the registration form for the conference are both available from the BSP web-site:

If you have any queries about the conference, please contact David Webb: