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The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror. ---->>>

Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live. ---->>>

I basically only read books that are over 2,000 years old. ---->>>

In fact history does not belong to us; but we belong to it. ---->>>

It was clear to me that the forms of consciousness of our inherited and acquired historical education - aesthetic consciousness and historical consciousness - presented alienated forms of our true historical being. ---->>>

It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art. ---->>>

Nothing exists except through language. ---->>>

The more language is a living operation, the less we are aware of it. Thus it follows from the self-forgetfulness of language that its real being consists in what is said in it. ---->>>

The real being of language is that into which we are taken up when we hear it - what is said. ---->>>


Nationality: German
Born: February 11, 1900
Birthplace: Marburg, German Empire
Die: 03-13, 2002
Occupation: Philosopher

Hans-Georg Gadamer (German: [ˈɡaːdamɐ]; February 11, 1900 – March 13, 2002) was a German philosopher of the continental tradition, best known for his 1960 magnum opus Truth and Method (Wahrheit und Methode) on hermeneutics. He was a Protestant Christian.(wikipedia)