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The barbarity of interpretation

(Original title: The barbarity of interpretation)
Filozofia, 65 (2010), 5, 477-484.
Type of work: A View Beyond the Border
Publication language: English

The barbarian of interpretation, in his barbarity, cannot be omitted from the line of ‘the new barbarians’. In the following, I will underline not only the threatening side of the barbarian of interpretation, but also the fact that the entirety of modern hermeneutics appeared in order to offer a certain protection from ‘the invasion’ of these strange barbarians disguised as gentle scholars, commentators and interpreters. As an irony of fate, hermeneutics, the science that was supposed to protect civilization from the barbarity of interpretation, has become a terrible weapon used by these barbarians to intensify their attacks, as has always happened in history with the weapons captured by the barbarian hoards from the protectors of civilization.

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