The Postfoundational Frame

hermeneutical turn - modern to postmodern
The term postmodern gets thrown around quite a bit these days. I prefer the term postfoundational. ((see Grenz and Franke, Beyond Foundationalism.)) This is primarily a post-positivist, constructivist ((Post-positivist, constructivist epistemology is to be understood broadly as the hermeneutic lineage of Heidegger, Gadamer, Habermas, and Ricoeur as outlined in Jean Grondin’s book Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics. Jean Grondin, Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics, Yale Studies in Hermeneutics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994).)) framework.  I draw upon two key philosophers to frame this conversation. The first is Jürgen Habermas and The Theory of Communicative Action. ((Habermas, Jürgen. The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity: Twelve Lectures Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1987.)) This is broadly known as Critical Social Theory. ((Gary Simpson helps to understand Habermas’ work. Gary M. Simpson, Critical Social Theory: Prophetic Reason, Civil Society, and Christian Imagination, Guides to Theological Inquiry (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002).)) The second philosopher is Hans-Georg Gadamer in his work Truth and Method, ((Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method (London: Sheed & Ward, 1975).)) where he discusses the fusion of horizons and linguisticality. This is important to note because this theoretical frame creates the basis for using Participatory Action Research as the primary research methodology for this project.  The members of the research team will work in conjunction with me to construct new ideas and practices that will shape the research itself.


Essay on The Postfoundational Frame

Use this Prezi to explore my bibliography, illustrations, and class notes pertaining to the discussion of how we think and how things have shifted in the twentieth century.

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