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Hermeneutic Traditions: Concept, Application | Sociology


  • Greek word, โ€œHermeneusโ€ means an interpreter
  • Hermeneutics refers to the interpretation of tradition
  • A methodology of interpretation of social reality
  • Acts like an aid to interpret texts, human actions, etc.
  • Its application where tradition is significant in the lives of the people

With New Interpretation of the Tradition

  • What is interpretation?
  • To determine the meaning of something
  • Father of modern hermeneutics โ€“ Friedrich Schleiermacher (German philosophist)
  • Due to Heidegger, this concept came into philosophy and sociology as a form of enquiry
  • In sociology, Hans-Georg Gadamer accredited
New Interpretation of the Tradition


  • Originated in order to interpret old classical religious texts like Bible, events of history or scriptures
  • Methodology to understand social reality
  • Set of procedures to help interpret
  • Art of understanding
  • Art of making oneself understand
  • Toolbox to treat problems of interpreting individual actions

Application of Hermeneutics

  • Making end use of a traditional text
  • It is visible all around us still not used much in research
  • It includes both types of communication
  • General interpretation
  • To understand context or meaning with respect to their elements for e. g. , Understanding feminism to understand sociological theories of feminism
  • Different levels of analysis
  • Deep understanding even beyond the text
  • E. g. , Verstehen method by Weber


Q. 1. Which of these is not true for the hermeneutic process:

1. To determine whether preliminary interpretation was correct

2. Continuous revision of smaller units

3. New interpretation come into being for larger

4. Not a time-consuming process

Answer: 4

Q. 2

Statement 1: Hermeneutics has been described as the science of interpretation.

Statement 2: Hermeneutics can be traced back to ancient Latin.

In the light of the above statements, choose the correct options:

1. Statement 1 is true and Statement 2 is false

2. Statement 2 is true and Statement 1 is true

3. Both are true

4. Both are false

Answer: 1

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