Hermeneutics — A Brief Write Up

In simple words, the term ‘hermeneutics’ means ‘interpretation’. Interpretation is relevant and studied in all fields of thought, ranging from humanities, theology, law, psychology, economics, and sciences to philology.

However, particularly in the field of philosophy, hermeneutics is a branch and theory that comprises concrete methods and tools of interpretation in a well-structured form, and it epitomizes the ‘examination’ of the different courses that exist in our life (as Socrates suggests). Hermeneutics seeks to assess the pre-established relevance and context of meaning in order to generate reasoning for the occurrence of events.

It comprises interesting theories because it emphasized the aspect of consciousness in our life, which in recent years, has gained relevance through the mode of reflection, concretized studies and so on.

The postulate of hermeneutics is important because it has paved its way through history, and emphasizes the subject as a recurrence of events from the past to the future.

It perceives ‘history’ as an ongoing process, to understand that current disciplines with their interlinkages in the subject matter of studies in the past. This means, what has been studied years ago, was studied for the same purpose it is scrutinised in the present.

Thus, we can sensibly generate a perception of the world through the lens of hermeneutics through an understanding that essentially corresponds to the comprehensive ability of the posit, as it paradoxically merges objective perception and subjective relativism.

For illustration — what may be deemed as objective reality, hones the structural composition and depth of the ‘whole’ that hermeneutics addresses. This whole could denote any concept, theory or postulate. However, the whole is reckoned to deem the figments of subjectivism by ruling them out as a ‘deficiency’.

While scrutinizing the depth of this approach, we often come to distort our sense of understanding the application of its method. Nevertheless, the fundamental task of hermeneutics remains unaltered and continues to abridge the inconsistency between our thoughts and methods and the rudimentary doctrines and ideas presented in traditional texts by figures, scholars and theoreticians that are interpreted in the contemporary context.


Zimmermann, Jens. “Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction.” Google Books, Oxford University Press, books.google.com/books/about/Hermeneutics.html?id=j4xmCgAAQBAJ.

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