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Title: 'Tradition and Traditions'
Subtitle: Relating Gadamer's 'Truth and Method' to Russian Orthodox Theology
Author(s): BRÜNING, Alfons
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 66    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2014   
Pages: 73-90
DOI: 10.2143/JECS.66.1.3064558

Abstract :
The article points to some interesting convergences between two schools, one philosophical, the other a central movement in Russian Orthodox theology. A first comparison of Hans Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method and his 'radicalised hermeneutics' and some works about tradition written by the emigrant theologians Georges Florovsky and Vladimir Lossky reveal similarities concerning the treatment of such central notions like tradition, authority, reason and freedom. Conclusions concern the idea of understanding itself. Marked by such notions, comprehension is achieved not by the mere application of intellectual capacities, but through a change of the human mind – in both cases, the claim to 'partake in the truth' offers new horizons about what it means to understand.

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